Andrew Copeman

Can too much signposting put a block on learning?

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Too much signposting may have the unintended effect of sending learners towards a brick wall. Instead, to free up their thinking, let them negotiate the roads themselves, says Andrew Copeman

Can too much signposting put a block on learning?

Supplying signs to councils must be a lucrative job: venturing down almost any British road, you can’t fail to notice the sheer amount of street furniture on display. Many of these signs are superfluous, indecipherable and often contradictory, leading to drivers becoming overloaded with the extraneous information with which they are bombarded.

It’s a sign of councils becoming too risk-averse: they desire to control every movement of the road user to make things safer. However, their well-meaning interventions can unconsciously cause more problems. Attention is taken away from the road ...

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