IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

The Role of Emotion and Skilled Intuition in Learning and Problem Solving

The title of this IAE Blog entry is the same as the title of Chapter 4 in the book Mind, Brain, & Education edited by David Sousa (2010). Quoting from that chapter, authored by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Matthias Faeth (2010):

The message from social and affective neuroscience is clear: no longer can we think of learning as separate from or disrupted by emotion, and no longer can we focus solely at the level of the individual student in analyzing effective strategies for classroom instruction.

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Knowing a Little about a Lot and a Lot about a Little

One of my favorite quotes is:

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825–1895.)

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Learning Is Tied to the Situation in Which it Occurs and to Intrinsic Motivation

Situated learning is one of many different learning theories. In brief summary, it says that much learning is quite specific to the situation (activity, context, culture, environment) in which it occurs. See http://www.learning-theories.com/situated-learning-theory-lave.html. Quoting from  http://tip.psychology.org/lave.html:

Other researchers have further developed the theory of situated learning. Brown, Collins & Duguid (1989) emphasize the idea of cognitive apprenticeship: "Cognitive apprenticeship supports learning in a domain by enabling students to acquire, develop and use cognitive tools in authentic domain activity. Learning, both outside and inside school, advances through collaborative social interaction and the social construction of knowledge." Brown et al. also emphasize the need for a new epistemology for learning -- one that emphasizes active perception over concepts and representation. Suchman (1988) explores the situated learning framework in the context of artificial intelligence.

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Make It and Use It—An Approach to Improving Schools

I have just finished reading the following short article on a way to improve our schools:

Frauenfelder, M. (October, 2010). School for Hackers. The Atlantic. Retrieved 9/20/2010 from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/school-for-hackers/8218.

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Pithy Quotes Can be Considered as Very Short Stories

I think of a pithy quote as a very short story. Such a short story can capture an important idea in a very few words, and such quotes tend to remain "fresh" over many years—and even over the centuries.

I have created two personal collections of such quotes for the IAE-pedia. See my general quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Quotations_Collected_by_David_Moursund and my math education quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Math_Education_Quotations. [These collections were revised and updated in March 2013.]

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