As Gardner points out, "there is now a massive amount of evidence from all realms of science that unless inidviduals take a very active role in whatever it is that they're studying, unless they they learn to ask questions, to do things hands-on, to essentially to recreate things in their own minds, [the knowledge] just dissappears. They may do well on an exam, and we may think they know it, but in fact a year or two later, there's nothing left!" If, on the other hand, students are engaged in constructivist learning and guided by a teacher who provides opportunities for critical thinking -- in any topic -- the research demonstrates that such learning adheres long after the test!
So... why do many Ground School instructors continue to approach learning from the "sit and git" perspective? I CAN'T LEARN FROM THE "SAGE ON THE STAGE" IF HE DOESN'T ALLOW ME TO PROCESS HIS WISDOM!!! And I process by thinking, talking, exploring... NOT by being powerpointed and talked at ad nauseum!!! Last class's instructor just plowed through the ppt, especially at the end, almost as though it were a marathon, whereby he was trying to just "get through" the slide, regardless of whether or not anyone actually understood what they were seeing on the projector screen!
Why aren't more Ground School owners providing their instructors with rich professional development to enhance their methods of facilitating learning outside of the aircraft, in the classroom? Why are they not insisting that their instructors use the latest research to teach well, so that greater numbers of students excell in the written test, NOT just because they have memorized the material long enough to regujitate it for licensing, but because they, the students, TRULY understand and can apply it??!!
What I would give to be independently wealthy, so that I could quit my job, and offer free PD to Ground School instructors across the province on DI and high-yield teaching strategies.
If our goal in the flight community is to increase the enjoyment of flying and decrease the accident rate, would we not do well to invest in our instructional repertoire?