March 01, 2006

Theory of cognition

Speaking of constructivism, which is another theory of learning I'm learning about, here's a very short article on Cognition as (Inter)Action in the Social & Material World

I still haven't got a firm grasp of what behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, connectivism, are or the differences between them.

I'm finding the work of George Siemens to be interesting and helpful in that regard, especially his essays on Connectivism, and Learning Development Cycle.

While Steinkuehler focuses on cognitive theory, Siemens brings into play the factors of "the half-life of knowledge" (the time span from when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete), and the abundance of knowledge and the rapid increase in information.

This leads to David Sifry's suggestions in his report State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 2: Explore: Dealing with Information Overload.

In future posts I want to explore Vygotsky's work a little.

3 comments:

Doug Noon said...

I went on a rampage a few months ago and collected a bunch of links related to learning theories. I got started with it because I didn't have a good understanding of what 'cognitivism' was. For what it's worth, on my del.icio.us account you can find links to all of the topics you mention if you append /Vygotsky or /cognitivism or /constructivism (the tags I used) to the del.icio.us/noon URL.

I'll be interested to follow your progress with this.

Marco Polo said...
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Marco Polo said...

Thanks very much, Doug. I suspect I'm letting myself in for yet more Information Overload, but what the heck - I'm already in over my head! Will post more on this subject here.