Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Learn me this!

I love it when science and intuition agree, as with recent research on how kids learn:

Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. It's this kind of learning, in fact, that allows kids to learn from teachers in the first place.

The quote above comes from Alison Gopnik's description of two recently published studies on preschool. I wonder whether or not we are seeing the effects in higher education?

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