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Tree. Category:Learning methods. Category:Learning methods. Observing Sociality and Reality » Blog Archive » Tim on Etienne (Part I: Learning in Practice) This post constitutes the first delicate steps in preparing myself to teach the Knowledge Management 2009 course at the University of Amsterdam. The parts are based on Wenger’s (1998) seminal work on communities of practice. Introduction “Perhaps more than learning itself, it is our conception of learning that needs urgent attention” (p.9).

Wenger argues that our ‘modern’ conceptions of learning are indoctrinated with classroom settings, exams and cognitive teaching styles. Learning in these conceptions, is not seen as a process, but as object that can be decontextualized and fired when necessary. It leads us away from objectivistic simplifications, towards more subjectivistic wickedness, and although the latter teaches us that no simple recipe for success exists, the first is even more deceptive because it arouses false expectations (Huizing, 2007).

Wenger’s social learning theory has four premises about the nature of knowledge, knowing and knowers: Observing Sociality and Reality » Blog Archive » Tim on Etienne (Part I: Learning in Practice) The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! | Neurobonkers. A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions. The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. Be aware that everyone thinks they have their own style of learning (they don't, according to the latest research), and the evidence suggests that just because a technique works or does not work for other people does not necessarily mean it will or won’t work well for you.

If you want to know how to revise or learn most effectively you will still want to experiment on yourself a little with each technique before writing any of them off. Elaborative Interrogation (Rating = moderate) A method involving creating explanations for why stated facts are true. An example of elaborative interrogation for the above paragraph could be: Reference: Skout. Cottage 1. Cottage 1.