Posts Tagged ‘learning theories’

Learning Theories

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

In all of my efforts to participate in Connectivist MOOCS (#CritLit2010, #PLENK2010, #CCK11) I have run into a roadblock when discussion turned to “Learning Theories” and I have found myself unable to express (or perhaps even determine) what I want to say on this topic. My instinct is just to shout that the emperor has no clothes because none of the proposed “theories” make well-defined testable predictions, but I realize that this would be unduly dismissive of something that a lot of serious people take seriously.

Notwithstanding several helpful posts outlining the basic principles of the various “theories”, I can’t let go of those scare quotes because they don’t seem like true theories to me.

Apostolos Koutropoulos’ post on learning theories links to a video by Ian Robertson whose quick summary descriptions of various learning theories somehow caused the penny to finally drop in my mind. (more…)