Blueprints for Complex Learning

Complex learning is always involved with achieving integrated sets of learning goals — multiple performance objectives. It has little to do with learning separate skills in isolation, but it is foremost dealing with learning to coordinate and integrate the separate skills that constitute real-life task performance. Thus, in complex learning, the whole is clearly more than the sum of its parts because it also includes the ability to coordinate and integrate those parts. A well-designed training program for complex learning will not aim at trainees’ acquiring each of these constituent skills separately, but will instead try to achieve that the trainees acquire the ability to use all of the skills in a coordinated and integrated fashion while doing real-life literature searches. The performance of a complex cognitive skill is made up by many interrelated constituent skills that may each show qualitatively different performance. Learning a complex cognitive skill is primarily concerned with learning to perform its constituent skills in a coordinated and integrated fashion.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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