Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ There is no such thing as “the science of learning”

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I saw the piece in the Hechinger Report a few days ago but didn't feel like taking the time to argue that it was nonsense. This article does the job for me. "The Science of Learning, shockingly, is really concerned with the field of 'Learning': a narrow scientific field of psychological and educational research that is obsessed with testable and measurable output, memorization, and school outcomes," write the authors. "The Science of Learning is misleading when it refers exclusively to cognitive science, memory management, and the brain, because it ignores all the unknowable and ineffable components of what happens inside a student's brain. It positions The Science to be thoroughly researched, but it also doesn't acknowledge a huge body of work that proves cognitive science is significantly more complex than they have portrayed it."

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