How to teach students to apply their knowledge

This video explores different ways to teach students to apply their theoretical knowledge

Often, students accumulate knowledge and they want to use it for creating original and useful products/projects, for making world a better place, but they don’t know how to do it by themselves. Their teachers have to guide them and make them succeed by turning the knowledge into a knowhow, into a successful practice.

The video is relevant for both learning partners – teachers and students, but also for policy makers, teacher trainers and mentors. Teaching and supporting students to apply their knowledge is useful, in order to make them think globally, searching and being aware of alternative sollutions; increasing their self esteem, awareness of self worth; make them create products and implement projects on their own and contribute to the evolution of the field in which they are specialized. Thus, we underline some steps/phases that may be followed during this process. 

We, also, challenge the teachers to think their teaching strategies in order to highlight the utility of the information they communicate to the students; to ask themselves and find the answers to questions like: 

  • What I teach the students is useful to them? 
  • Can they use the information/the contents in real life situations?
  • Do these contents help them in their future profession?
  • How can I help them to apply their knowledge?

Alexandru Ioan Cuza, University of Iași

Carmen-Mihaela Crețu and Elena Seghedin – PhD University Teachers
Tina Vrabie – PhD Student
Diana Chihaia and Cosmin Vaman – Technical Support

In the video:
Mara Mațcu – Honors Student
Ovidiu Gavrilovici – University Teacher
Anca Franț – University Teacher
Emilia Pascal – University Teacher



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