No, this research doesn’t proof that this Loch Ness monster of education is correct (I mean the learning pyramid), but this research also suggests what an earlier study described earlier on: teaching others helps to learn more for the person teaching, but not because of the reasons you might think. To put it too bluntly: pupils remember more if you tell them they will need to teach others about it than if you tell them that there will be a test.
The researchers –Nestojko et al. – from this new study formulate a very interesting conclusion (bold by me):
Expecting to teach appears to encourage effective learning strategies such as seeking out key points and organizing information into a coherent structure. Our results suggest that students also turn to these types of effective learning strategies when they expect to teach. It is noteworthy, then, that when students instead expect…
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