Category Archives: Learning

Why we learn more from our successes than our failures

Study sheds light on the brain’s ability to change in response to learning If you’ve ever felt doomed to repeat your mistakes, researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory may have explained why: Brain cells may only learn from … Continue reading

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How Children Learn

In a survey we conducted a few years ago, Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision to take that route. John Holt was by far the most … Continue reading

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Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language

Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18. A great deal of evidence suggests that it is more difficult to learn a new language as an adult than as a child, which has led scientists to … Continue reading

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Neural mechanisms that indicate that we actively forget as we Learn

They say that once you’ve learned to ride a bicycle, you never forget how to do it. But new research suggests that while learning, the brain is actively trying to forget. The study, by scientists at EMBL and University Pablo … Continue reading

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Learning the language of music: is it child’s play?

The Italian Reggio Emilia approach is now considered the most progressive and desirable early-childhood educational approach in the world. These schools value children’s innate abilities and nurture artistic and creative intelligences through play-based emersion in the “poetic languages” such as … Continue reading

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Where is reflection in the learning process?

There are those who believe as I do that deep, meaningful, long-lasting learning is left to chance if it is not a strategic, integrated part of the learning process. Critical reflection is an important part of any learning process. Without … Continue reading

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Listening, not testing, will improve children’s vocabulary

Every few months a story appears about the declining speech and language skills of children arriving in primary school. The epithet “the daily grunt” was invented by one newspaper to capture the lack of communication between parent and child, implying … Continue reading

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The Passion for Learning and Knowing

Abstraction’ as micro-learning-process is rarely used to analyze practices of organizational learning. In this paper, we portray abstraction as a basic learning process that prevails even in contexts characterized by high degrees of uncertainty and heterogeneity, that is, in high … Continue reading

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Re-reading Dewey through the lens of complexity science

This paper rereads John Dewey’s works in the light of complexity theory and self-organizing systems. Dewey’s pragmatic inquiry is posited as inspirational for developing a logic of education and learning that would incorporate novelty and creativity, these artistic elements being part and parcel … Continue reading

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Learning a local dialect instead of a global language

Modern technology has made it incredibly easy for people to connect and communicate with one another. Not only is it possible to look up the meaning of any word in a digital dictionary, but there are countless applications that can … Continue reading

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