Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Informed Learning and Hermione Part 2

2. "Informed Learning is Experienced as Sourcing Information to Meet a Learning Need."

This is something that Hermione does often. For example, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter is competing in the Triwizard tournament. The tournament consists of three tasks. Hermione helps Harry prepare for these tasks by researching with him in the library. She and Harry spends large amounts of time researching in the library's resources for clues on how to fight a dragon in the first task. In the second task, she is frustrated because she hasn't been able to find the answer to her question in the library's resources. Hermione assumes that if we have a question that we need answered, we can find the answer in a book or some other information resource.

The sad part is the librarian in the Harry Potter series does not seem much help. She is always shushing people and making sure they are following all the rules. In task number two, Harry is sleeping in the library after staying up all night studying in the library. That is an interesting thought. It is an house-elf, Dobby, who delivers the answer to Harry and Hermione's question. The Informed Learning Model emphasizes this relational element of information searching.

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