How do we learn?

Summarising “What we know about how you learn” from the five ideas of cognitive science. Bransford, Brown and Cocking (2000) identified five key ideas about how we learn.

  1. We construct our own understanding based on our prior knowledge, experiences, skills, attitudes, and beliefs. Our ITC and Pedagogy course examiner has established specific learning pathways to encourage us to seek, sense and share.
  2. We explore and form our own concepts then we apply these concepts through engagement with our course activities, blogs and our assignments. This blog is an interesting read: ICTs Changing The Way We Teach Literacy
  3. We connect and visualise concepts with multiple representations such as creating our own concept maps like this one: EDC3100 Why (not) ICT via Emmjane’s blog post Why (not) use ICT and Pedagogy?
  4. We discuss our learning, interact with our peers and follow each other’s blog posts.
  5. We reflect on our learning and individual progress and performance by maintaining our blogs and preparing for our Professional Experience and assessments.                      I particularly enjoyed reading Week 2 Reflections and yes, I have come to believe that it is possible to be overwhelmed and yet organised at the same time!

The following concept map explores the knowledge of how we learn (Bransford et al, 2000, p. 22).

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FIGURE 1.1 With knowledge of how people learn, teachers can choose more purposefully among techniques to accomplish specific goals.

Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R. (2000). How people learn: brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

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