Using LEGO Materials

International Trends in Primary School Education
Frans Orsted Andersen, Lego Learning Institute & Danish University of Education.
Reproducing and memorizing standard curriculum knowledge is necessary but far from adequate for 21st. Century societies, institutions and companies. If they want to be able to catch up and meet the demands of a new complex globalized reality, matching the expectations from citizens and consumers, maintaining their productivity and competitiveness, memorizing and reproduction simply isn’t good enough.

Kids on Campus
Optimal learning environments in Japan.
Frans Orsted Andersen, Lego Learning Institute & Danish University of Education.
At the core of the new concept is a kind of collaborative learning setup where pupils (children participating in these activities) and teachers (mainly university students) both learn and develop. Traditionaleducational roles change dynamically during the learning process,“flow” periods are frequent and conflicts, boredom or performanc pressures seldom. Another achievement of these “optimal learning environments” could be described as “action competence”, a construct that deals with achieving “deep” knowledge going beyond mere reproduction and memorizing, and which has learning perspectives involving creativity, innovation and an expanded understanding of problems (here technical / scientific), their causes, effects and solutions.