Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Cited this week in DEOS by Gail Taylor, this paper from 1994 discussing self-directed learning and its origins in humanist philosophy is well worth a review. The humanist tradition, characterized in contrast to positivist and empirical approaches to learning, is based in rationalist and Platonic thought, characterized by reference to phenomenonogy and self-actualization, and is found in thinkers such as Piaget and Gagne. For me this was an interesting read because my philosophical roots are in the empiricist tradition (though solidly post-positivist) and yet my own approach has a great deal in common with the humanist approach.

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