Dr Rachel Lam was Featured Speaker at Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
Dr Rachel Lam, Research Scientist of the Office of Education Research’s Learning Sciences Lab, was a featured speaker at the Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 due to the high interest pertaining to her research work. The conference took place from 23 – 30 March 2017 in Japan and her presentation was on the topic of “Collaborative learning, Complexity, Student-generated Design” based on her OER project “Preparing Students to Collaboratively Solve Community and Global Issues: Focusing on Low Progress Learners”.
Her presentation centred on the need to teach sustainable development with instructional methods that cultivate skills crucial to complex problem-solving. These include thinking critically and creatively, communicating and collaborating. Her research team’s instructional design was developed to encourage students to employ such skills while learning the concepts around decreasing human production of waste in the environment simultaneously.
The team’s research has shown that grade four students were able to engage in complex problem-solving through peer collaboration, produce unique and practical solutions, exhibit some effective communicative and collaborative behaviours, and learn about an important environmental issue. Dr Lam and her team hope to contribute to a discourse on the importance of teaching about sustainability with the instructional methods that prepare young children to be effective problem-solvers for a sustainable future.