Students’ resistance in adopting a novel attitude toward learning

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The problem is…

Students inertia in adopting a proactive approach to learning

The proposed solution might apply when

Students’ attitude towards learning is limited to the completion of assigned activities and oriented, at best, to “get a good mark”, failing to acquire the ability to find their own customized solution to their potential future problems.

The solution proposed is…

Strengthen the connection of schools with the local resources, allowing students to engage in goal-oriented activities leveraging on new digital technologies to tackle real-life problems.

The expected outcome is…

Opening the schools to the local resources can help students appreciate the potentialities of new technologies in a real, practical environment.

Other information

By working with local fab labs and maker spaces, students and teachers can appreciate the practical connection of education with their lives and their community. This can boost motivation and engagement of students and, at the same time, can help teachers recognize the benefit of such a new educational approach.


Despite being “advanced users” of the most common new (smart) technologies, students and young generation fail to appreciate the real potentialities of new technologies in terms of opportunities to “learn how to learn” successfully, as a by-product of applying new solutions to real-life problems.

Significant influencing factors

Schools deans and managers play a pivotal role in opening the school to the local territory.


Related Patterns

Old assessment schemes for new learning environments Finding resources to implement DiDIY in schools

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