Why We Learn

Thoughts on educational psychology, instructional design, and the integration of technology in educational settings.

Category: Psychology

Connectivism and Deschooling

I haven’t written in a while and so I feel the need to write something. I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the course of the past couple of weeks working on family items. I’ve migrated from using LightRoom to Aperture now that I have a new computer that is able to provide the […]

Deliberate Practice and Germane Cognitive Load

I just finished reading a wonderful article1 on expertise. Ericsson et. al present a convincing case as to why “deliberate practice” is the primary indicator of whether or not an individual achieves a high level of expertise. They note two exceptions, height and body mass, which they relate to athletics (one assumes basketball and football). […]

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell

I downloaded the audiobook of Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell from iTunes last night. I’ve listened to about a third of it today, and it’s wonderful. One of the byproducts of the information contained within is a softening in my position on behaviorism. Some of the illustrations that the author uses to explain unconscious thought scream […]