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A learning environment designed for experts

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Science  09 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 1041-1042
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6342.1041-d

Expert-like thinking is a difficult skill to measure. SLEED-Q, an instrument developed by Elvira et al., aims to evaluate expert-like thinking by measuring the extent to which educators create a “supportive learning environment for expertise development.” To develop SLEED-Q, the authors conducted a literature review of instructional practices that promote the development of professional expertise. Sixty-five relevant practices were identified, further clustered into 10 main principles, and finally reflected in 10 scales. Ultimately, SLEED-Q was shown to assess seven factors, including epistemological understanding, teaching for understanding, and supporting learning for understanding. SLEED-Q provides a quantitative approach for examining learning environments and begins a dialogue about how to create an environment that is conducive to developing professional expertise.

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