Category Archives: Social learning

Adaptive social learning for systemic leadership

What’s involved in developing human capacity to address complexity, taking a mid- to the longer-term view than is usual? How can we create the conditions in which people can cope with the daily challenges of living in a complex world … Continue reading

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Knowing whom to learn from: individual differences in metacognition and weighting of social information

Social learning enables us to acquire skills and knowledge more efficiently, provided that we learn from the right others. However, little is known about the cognitive factors that determine who we decide to learn from and how much we benefit from such … Continue reading

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Social learning in humans and other animals

Decisions made by individuals can be influenced by what others think and do. Social learning includes a wide array of behaviors such as imitation, observational learning of novel foraging techniques, peer or parental influences on individual preferences, as well as … Continue reading

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Scaffolding Social and Emotional Learning to reduce Bullying: A Sociocultural perspective

A sociocultural perspective, Vygotsky, framed the qualitative study, to understand how to create ‘shared affective spaces’ as an enabling factor to scaffold within the zone of proximal development. Social and emotional learning is conceptualised as a social concept, focusing on … Continue reading

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Evolution of Social Learning and the Origin of Human Cumulative Culture

Because culture requires transmission of information between individuals, thinking about the origin of culture has mainly focused on the genetic evolution of abilities for social learning. Current theory considers how social learning affects the adaptiveness of a single cultural trait, … Continue reading

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Human Cumulative Cultural Evolution as a Form of Distributed Computation

Cumulative culture is the engine that drives the remarkable power of the global human computer. It enables societies to act as extremely powerful computers by ratcheting up technological and other cultural innovations. Once culture can accumulate, the ability of a … Continue reading

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The Origin and Evolution of Cultures

Oxford presents, in one convenient and coherently organized volume, 20 influential but until now relatively inaccessible articles that form the backbone of Boyd and Richerson’s path-breaking work on evolution and culture. Their interdisciplinary research is based on two notions. First, … Continue reading

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Social Learning towards a Sustainable World – Principles, perspectives, and praxis

Creating communities and societies that are ecologically sustainable is the great challenge of our time. What is sustained in a sustainable community is not economic growth, development, market share, or competitive advantage, but the entire web of life on which … Continue reading

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Scaffolded Social Learning

Today I want to share a model for Social Learning. It’s at quite a pragmatic level: ‘what do we do about it?‘, rather than an esoteric discussion of ‘what does social mean?‘. I’m presenting a view of Scaffolded Social Learning: … Continue reading

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Social Learning and Sustainability – Exploring Critical Issues in Relation to Environmental Change and Governance

This report addresses a critical part of the very front of social-ecological systems research. Learning can be seen as a process of change in the way we look upon the world — our thoughts, feelings and actions — which is … Continue reading

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