Fully Assuming our Role as Mediator




Chassé, Éric

A major pedagogical concern in colleges today is the learning difficulties of students when they first arrive. The author tries to find out why. Among the reasons identified, he stresses the lack of family mediation. It seems that adults fail to transmit intellectual practices and life principles that guide students in their learning. This results in academic difficulties, lack of motivation and eventual dropping out of school. To resolve this problem situation, the author recommends mediation. Its purpose is to re-awaken the fundamental desire to learn. He stresses the role the mediator should play in the educational relationship and emphasizes how the teacher should define and clarify fundamental knowledge and mental practices. Components linked to learning can then be developed and followed-up by a theoretical model that takes multiple components and factors associated with learning into account. The author further underscores the importance of educational practices adapted to student difficulties and finally, proposes specific educational interventions that can be used to develop a broader and more functional repertory of strategies.


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