Manu holds the Professorship for Learning Sciences and Higher Education at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and directs The Future Learning Initiative (FLI) at ETH Zurich. An ETH+ funded initiative, the FLI brings together more than 20 professors from 10 departments at ETH to advance research on the science of teaching and learning in higher education contexts, and translate it into the practice of teaching and learning at ETH Zurich. As a learning scientist, Manu makes a commitment not only to advancing the understanding of human learning but doing so in ways that make an impact in the actual ecologies of learning. Drawing on his engineering mindset for design, Manu conceptualized and developed the theory of Productive Failure to design for and bootstrap failure for learning mathematics better. He has done extensive work in real-field ecologies of STEM classrooms to transform teaching and learning using his theory of productive failure across a range of schools and universities around the world.
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- Kapur, M. (2008). Productive failure. Cognition and instruction, 26(3), 379-424.
- Kapur, M., & Bielaczyc, K. (2012). Designing for productive failure. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21(1), 45-83.
- Jacobson, M. J., Goldwater, M., Markauskaite, L., Lai, P. K., Kapur, M., Roberts, G., & Hilton, C. (2020). Schema abstraction with productive failure and analogical comparison: Learning designs for far across domain transfer. Learning and Instruction, 65, 101222.
Keynote SALTISE conference 2021: The Future Learning Initiative
One thing is clear. Future advances in learning cannot be achieved by learning scientists alone. True to the original intent of the learning sciences, advances in our understanding of learning as a complex phenomenon will require interdisciplinary efforts. I will discuss how, at ETH Zurich, we have embarked on such efforts to advance the science of learning in and across the physiological, neural, cognitive, embodied, and socialcultural layers of learning. I will situate these efforts in actual interdisciplinary research projects that have started to reveal significant findings, with some having direct implications for practice. I will end my talk by describing three scientific bets for the future of learning.
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