Learning in Depth
In answer, here are 7 of the reasons he gives in support of what deep knowledge does for the mind:
Having expertise in a topic and learning how knowledge works helps a student learn about how knowledge works in all areas.
Learning, for its own sake, is pleasurable.
Learning in depth stimulates the imagination; we cannot be imaginative about what we do not know.
Project based learning engages a student in a purposeful social activity, enriching their experience and understanding of moral and deomocratic life.
Deep learning gives one a greater insight into themselves, and concommitant wisdom.
Learning in depth gives one a sense of how little they actually know, and “humility before the world of knowledge.”
There is value to including strategies from both oral and literate cultures in our “cognitive tool kits.”
Learning is certainly a pleasurable pursuit for me: K-12 education; several university degrees; career as an educator; re-learning again through my own children's education. Furthermore, I am fired up by the exchanges I read on Twitter, my favourite blogs, and carry with me to work each day. The process of engaging in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) has revived my desire to engage with my colleagues and to broaden my horizons. Now, I am being prodded in a new direction, and challenged to “go deep with one thing”. (Thanks cultureofyes Chris!)