Summary #1258

Brain study suggests how students learn from mistakes

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  • Brain imaging study compared students from traditional schools, focused on getting the right answers, with Montessori schools, which value mistakes as much as wins.
  • Students were asked to solve math problems, and only Montessori students showed changes in brain activity after mistakes, suggesting they were learning from them.
  • Both groups got the same number of problems right, but Montessori students didn’t skip as many problems, made more mistakes, enabling them to learn more.
  • The study adds evidence that education focused on correctness is less beneficial to education focused on deeply engaging with content.
  • It’s not just about the Montessori method, but about the benefits of learner-centered educational approaches, and study authors will keep looking at different methods.

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