Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Module 6 - My Philosophy of Learning

The answer to the question "How people learn?" is very invaluable. If we can really figure out the patterns people learn, we would spend all our energy and resources on improving those ways. However, scientists, especially in the last century have been offering answers to the question above.
Some say that people learn by experience while some claim that a well understanding of the thought processes will assist in answering these questions.
There is an emerging learning theory (connectivism) that points out the importance of networks and the vitality of informal learning environments in our lives.
If I were to introduce a learning theory that would define the way we learn in addition to offering innovations to improve the methods we learn, it would be an even combination of the existing learning theories. Every theory has something in it that I argue in favor of while having some issues.
For instance, I cannot accept that when we were born, we were all equal in terms of out learning potential, but we learn as we go through different incidents in our lives.

In addition, I think that human brain works similar to computers in the sense that it processes and stores information, however we have feelings as well.


Constructivism brings together certain features of both theories and I find it more useful.

Connectivism supports the idea that knowing how to access certain information is more important than actually knowing it.



My learning theory would consist of all the parts of the existing learning theories that I agree with and exclude the rest. Connectivism would be part of it because I think that connectivism, emphasizing the importance of technology in learning is necessary to fully define learning.



References

Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

http://www.connectivism.ca/

http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/

Blogs I posted:
http://robinsjourneyintoeductionaltechnology.blogspot.com.br/
anitaboseman.wordpress.com

2 comments:

  1. I would agree with you about the blending of the existing theories. No one covers everything, all fall short is some respects, but none are totally useless. I also like the connectivism, but what I have a problem with is the fact that not everyone is ready for it, there are teachers who cannot or will not use technology so getting them to use it with their students is a problem and there are students that cannot use or do not have access to the technology they would need to make it a viable learning theory.
    Good luck in your studies!
    Anita

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  2. I also believe that there is not a one size fits all theory. I believe it is important to view each child as the individual they are and go from there. Great working with you.

    Robin

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