Science of Learning: Extrinsic Learning in Education

After talking about both extrinsic and extrinsic motivation, how does this apply to education? I'll start by touching on some of the extrinsic motivators in education that get us and our students to play our part. In formal education, the further along you progress, the more extrinsic the motivators become. By the third grade, children … Continue reading Science of Learning: Extrinsic Learning in Education

Science of Learning: Intrinsic Motivation

When I was growing up, I was a Yankees baseball fan. They were winning, my third-grade teacher read us a story about Mickey Mantle, and my dad loved the Dodgers – so I picked the Yankees. I listened to an interview on the radio with Reggie Jackson one day – Mr. October – and was … Continue reading Science of Learning: Intrinsic Motivation

Science of Learning: Extrinsic Motivation

Over the next few days, I will present a few articles about academic motivation. First, I need to lay the groundwork for understanding the basics of motivation. Ryan and Deci are the two principle researchers in this field, and they tell us that intrinsic motivation is the self-desire to seek out new things and new … Continue reading Science of Learning: Extrinsic Motivation

Information Digitization – a Paradigm Shift

There is a paradigm shift taking place in learning today. I have written before that there is a paradigm shift in education, but the status quo is reinforcing the traditional trenches in a way that is unbelievable in today's world. Just as the Germans simply zipped around the impregnable Maginot line (the massively reinforced trenches from WWI) … Continue reading Information Digitization – a Paradigm Shift

How We Know

I know that this blog post will be old news to most of us, but I think it needs reiterating within the present context of my thinking - how do we find out what we believe in, or what are the methods of knowing? According to Peirce (1877), there are three methods of knowing information, … Continue reading How We Know

Information Abundance and Teaching

I have written a number of times about information scarcity and information abundance, however, it is a message that is ignored. I was in an exam today, watching students write an end of semester exam after having crammed over the past three or four days to get it all in. They were in a room … Continue reading Information Abundance and Teaching

Intrinsic Motivation

When I was growing up, I was a Yankees baseball fan. They were winning, my third grade teacher read us a story about Mickey Mantle, and my dad loved the Dodgers – so I picked the Yankees. In the early 1980s I listened to an interview on the radio with Reggie Jackson – Mr. October … Continue reading Intrinsic Motivation

Motivation (again)

In one of the first posts in this series, I talked about mindsets as a powerful influence on motivation. In this post (and the next), I want to talk about motivation as a phenomenon, and what we know about motivation, in general. At its simplest, there are two basic types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic … Continue reading Motivation (again)

Automaticy and Other Memory Information

The final aspect of memory I want to look into at this point are the controlled and automatic processes. Although we don’t often think of processes as part of memory, they are. When you are learning to drive a car, you are overwhelmed by the complexity of the skill. There is so much to think … Continue reading Automaticy and Other Memory Information

Declarative Procedural Memory

The next aspect of memory that is important in formal learning would be the declarative and procedural distinction. Declarative memory is made up of information that you can describe or talk about, whereas, procedural memory is made up of the information that allows you to do things (carry out procedures). Declarative tells you what, when, … Continue reading Declarative Procedural Memory