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Mystakidis, S. Deep Meaningful Learning. Encyclopedia. Available online: (accessed on 28 November 2023).
Mystakidis S. Deep Meaningful Learning. Encyclopedia. Available at: Accessed November 28, 2023.
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Deep Meaningful Learning

Deep meaningful learning is the higher-order thinking and development through manifold active intellectual engagement aiming at meaning construction through pattern recognition and concept association. It includes inquiry, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving, and metacognitive skills. It is a theory with a long academic record that can accommodate the demand for excellence in teaching and learning at all levels of education. Its achievement is verified through knowledge application in authentic contexts. 

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Equitable quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all is one of the United Nation’s seventeen global goals for sustainable development [1]. These goals comprise a compass for all countries and citizens for peaceful, global development and transformation by 2030. Quality higher education provides graduates with a robust combination of durable competencies, theoretical knowledge and procedural skills [2]. Life-long learning is of growing importance for the reskilling and upskilling of the workforce in the era of the fourth industrial revolution [3]. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposed social distancing measures, there is also an acute need to improve the quality of distance education by transforming emergency remote teaching into deep online e-learning [4].


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  3. Gleason, N.W. Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Springer Nature: Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany, 2018; ISBN 9789811301940.
  4. Schultz, R.B.; DeMers, M.N. Transitioning from Emergency Remote Learning to Deep Online Learning Experiences in Geography Education. J. Geog. 2020, 119, 142–146.
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