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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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Garbage in, Garbage Out—For Computer and Human Brains

The idea of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) is suggested by the following statement by Charles Babbage:

On two occasions I have been asked—"Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. (Charles Babbage; English mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer; 1791–1871).

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You, Me, and We Versus “They” in Attempts to Improve Education

Here is one of my most favorite quotes:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead; American cultural anthropologist; 1901–1978.)

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Message to Teachers: Above All Else, Strive to Do No Harm

The title expresses a nice sentiment. Unfortunately, we often lack the knowledge to tell whether we are doing more harm than good.

Here is a quote from Judy Willis’ chapter, "The Current Impact of Neuroscience on Teaching and Learning," (2010) in the recently published book Mind, Brain, and Education edited by David Sousa (2010). Judy is both a brain scientist of international repute and a classroom teacher. The quoted material describes how a human brain handles perceived threats.

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Optimism and Pessimism: Understanding Both Sides of a Possible Change

At one time in my life I played a lot of bridge. I still enjoy reading the newspaper Daily Bridge Club column by Frank Stewart. The 10/5/2010 column in my local newspaper began with the statement:

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society: Optimists invented the airplane, a pessimist the parachute. The bridge table has room for both approaches.

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