“Teaching”, “Learning”, “Testing” – Word Trends

Our modern educational paradigm starts at student learning.  Then assessment methods for that learning are supposed to be designed and then appropriate teaching methods are developed.  Thus all this talk about measuring outputs not inputs and the development of an industrial complex of testing companies.

Here is a Google Ngram which tracks the use of the words, teaching, learning, and testing over time.  What does it prove?  I would need to know more about the raw data.  But here it is for what it’s worth. (Learning:red. Teaching:blue.Testing:green)

Ngram - Teaching, Learning, Testing

Ngram – Teaching, Learning, Testing


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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