Teaching doesn't always result in learning and this discrepancy seems to be widening. This, despite the fact that students have never been smarter, teachers have never been better trained, our curricula has never been more honed, and our technology has never been so advanced. According to Dr. Neufeld, the problem is not with our teaching but with the diminishing teachability of our students. The teachability factor refers to those determinants of learning that are psychological in nature: developmental, relational, motivational and emotional. Cultural change has altered these factors, making the teacher's job much more difficult than it used to be or needs to be. According to Dr. Neufeld, the teachability factor is the most overlooked, least understood, and potentially most promising of the factors in the learning equation. Current educational methods and curricula assume teachability, setting teachers up for considerable frustration when this assumption is not realized.
The Teachability Factor was developed by Dr. Neufeld with the purpose of making sense of students to the teachers, administrators, and supporting professionals responsible for them. It is an insight approach bringing the best of attachment-based developmental science to bear on the issues and challenges of educating our young. The videocourse focuses on the two most significant factors in learning and behaviour: developmental stuckness and the student-teacher relationship. Interventions flow logically and directly from an understanding of these factors.
Although the videocourse is directed to educators, it is helpful for parents as well, explaining why children are more receptive in certain situations and circumstances over others. The videcourse also outlines the role of parents in the learning process.