Healthy Disequilibrium

As mentioned in a previous post, the task of a teacher to foster healthy disequilibrium within the learner’s cognitive state is essential for learning.  The benefits of creating a healthy tension, anxiety, discomfort, or confusion follows:

  • Heightens student interest & engagement
  • Enhances problem solving skills
  • Increases understanding
  • Surfaces caution towards assimilation

A great example of healthy disequilibrium comes to us from the famous educational film, Dead Poet’s Society, with our good friend Mr. John Keating:

(Our next post will look at an unhealthy example!)


~ by Dave Smith on September 21, 2008.

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