The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

Clark Quinn, Chief Learning Officer, Jan 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's not clear who actually authored this article, but it reads like Clark Quinn, so I'll go with that. In any case, the author adopts an approach similar to Daniel Dennett's intentional stance, postulating different 'levels' at which we can talk about the cognitive science behind learning. The most basic level is at the neural level, and here "its core, learning is about (forming and) strengthening the connections between certain neurons." No problem. Where things become problematic is at the next level, the cognitive level, where "learning and instruction is about designed action and guided reflection." I think that this account has a lot of problems. Finally, "At a higher level, one might consider social learning." It's a good article overall, which is why I'm passing it along.

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