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4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought ...., 11 Sep 2000
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This review is from: The Power of Mindful Learning (Paperback)
This is a thought provoking book on "education" and "learning" by Ellen Langer, a professor of Psychology at Harvard. She argues that traditional methods of learning can produce mindless behaviour because they tend to suggest that there is only one answer to a problem or a single correct way to tackle a task. She also argues that it is important to teach skills and facts conditionally, to adopt varying perspectives and to set the stage for doubt and an awareness that different situations may call for different approaches or answers.
The book describes seven myths that in the view of the author undermine true learning and discuses how we can avoid their debilitating effects. The myths are:
1. The basics must be learnt so well that they become second nature. 2. Paying attention means staying focused on one thing at one time. 3. Delaying gratification is important. 4. Rote memorisation is necessary in education. 5. Forgetting is a problem. 6. Intelligence is knowing "what's out there." 7. There are right and wrong answers.
The arguments are backed up by a number of scientific studies - many of them conducted by the author her self.
Whether you agree with all her ideas or not - the book will cause you to question some very deeply held beliefs - something we all need to do from time to time!
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