Dana Center director's work cited in Inside Higher Ed article

Posted on February 17, 2011

In “Toward a New Science of Learning,” published in the February 14 edition of Inside Higher Ed, Diana Chapman Walsh, former president of Wellesley College, describes “a trend in higher education that could have profound implications: a growing interest in learning about learning.”

She cites Dana Center director Uri Treisman’s work at Berkeley in the 1970s for validating the proposition that “assessing what students have learned is far less valuable than finding out how they learn.”

Walsh calls out Treisman’s work as she builds an argument that colleges and universities must begin to pay serious attention to the science of learning and all it has to offer in helping students learn “what they need to know in order to be successful in a world that is changing faster than we can imagine much less anticipate.”

Walsh concludes by asking “could we conceivably . . . put learning rather than amenities at the center [of competition among colleges for high rankings] . . . spend less on making students more and more comfortable at college and more on making them more and more curious?”