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Children’s learning – Imitation as a mechanism in cognitive development

Children learn about the social and physical world by observing other people’s acts. This experiment tests both Chinese and American children’s learning of a rule. For theoretical reasons, we chose the rule of categorizing objects by the weight. Children, age … Continue reading

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050

The art of reinvention will be the most critical skill of this century umankind is facing unprecedented revolutions, all our old stories are crumbling, and no new story has so far emerged to replace them. How can we prepare ourselves … Continue reading

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Upending the Hierarchy of Learning

Because we are in the middle of a worldwide knowledge revolution that will change everything in education. The teacher is no longer the primary source of knowledge, though still the most important one in school. Information is everywhere thanks to … Continue reading

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Networks of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience

This groundbreaking book is unique in bringing together two perspectives on learning – sociocultural theory and neuroscience. Drawing on both perspectives, it foregrounds important developments in our understanding of what learning is, where and how learning occurs and what we can do to … Continue reading

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Why we learn more from our successes than our failures

Study sheds light on the brain’s ability to change in response to learning If you’ve ever felt doomed to repeat your mistakes, researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory may have explained why: Brain cells may only learn from … Continue reading

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How Children Learn

In a survey we conducted a few years ago, Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision to take that route. John Holt was by far the most … Continue reading

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Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language

Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18. A great deal of evidence suggests that it is more difficult to learn a new language as an adult than as a child, which has led scientists to … Continue reading

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Neural mechanisms that indicate that we actively forget as we Learn

They say that once you’ve learned to ride a bicycle, you never forget how to do it. But new research suggests that while learning, the brain is actively trying to forget. The study, by scientists at EMBL and University Pablo … Continue reading

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Learning the language of music: is it child’s play?

The Italian Reggio Emilia approach is now considered the most progressive and desirable early-childhood educational approach in the world. These schools value children’s innate abilities and nurture artistic and creative intelligences through play-based emersion in the “poetic languages” such as … Continue reading

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Where is reflection in the learning process?

There are those who believe as I do that deep, meaningful, long-lasting learning is left to chance if it is not a strategic, integrated part of the learning process. Critical reflection is an important part of any learning process. Without … Continue reading

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