It is hard to research discovery learning

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This reference is used to annotate "I would never send my kids to school" (2017) by Piotr Wozniak

Georgios Zonnios is an erudite educator and a fantastic teacher loved by his students. His observations about the use of research in the practice of education are similar to mine (see: Misleading research in sociology and psychology). He took on the slippery subject of discovery learning. As any parent can testify, if kids are given a bit of freedom, they will discover things beyond their imagination. The only problem is that kids discover things of their own interest, and do not care much about pleasing parental goals or academic targets. Research in the field is as flawed and as biased as the research on videogames or spanking. Some teachers continue upholding a faulty system based on false claims of research, others may conveniently use research to further their own goals. Zonnios explains that methodically in his article.

Among others, Zonnios points to the quintessential error in the design of research on discovery learning:

The teacher chooses the target. The teacher chooses the confines. "Discovery" is then merely allowing students to scamper around like rats in a carefully-designed maze, often in order to find cheese which they don't really like or want


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