Teaching doesn't always result in learning and this discrepancy seems to be widening. Despite advances in curriculum, technology and pedagogy, the teachability of students is on the wane, making teaching much more difficult than it used to be or than it needs to be. Although the teachability of a student is the single most important factor in learning, this variable is rarely addressed. The psychological determinants of learning will be teased apart to reveal the impact of attachment, immaturity and vulnerability in facilitating or impeding the learning process. Practical suggestions are provided for improving the teachability of students as well as the 4 natural contexts for learning.
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is the author of the best-selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), which has been translated into 7 languages: French, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, and Korean. Deborah is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, and is the Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center.
Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom. She also provides counselling services to parents and professionals to make sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids – from babies to teens.