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Baby (and Man) as Scientist

Apr 01 2011 Published by under learning

The importance of ‘why?’

Jean Piaget described children as “little scientists”, seeing them as active thinkers developing knowledge through constant theorising and experimentation in the world.  In her book The Philosophical Baby, Alison Gopnik expands this idea based on latest research arguing powerfully that one of the reasons for human success is the extended period of immaturity that has been allowed through the development of social groups, which allows us to be ‘smarter’ when we finally grow up by also extending our time for learning (and theorising). The book reminded me very much of my earliest encounters with psychology applying the theories of George Kelly (who described man as a scientist too). Read more »

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Does Training Work?

Dec 03 2010 Published by under learning

“Hire character, train skill.”  – Peter Schutz

I was asked recently, “what is the value of training?”  After recovering from the challenge of the question, we had a great discussion of my friend’s perceptions of training (which were negative based on recent experiences) and of how effective training could be different.  This led to a discussion of how to measure the impact of training, for which there is one key reference (and deservedly so). Read more »

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Rewiring Learning

Jul 30 2010 Published by under learning

“Experience is the teacher of all things.”  – Julius Caesar

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  – Pablo Picasso

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