Learning & Understanding
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12 January 2013
My interest is in learning and understanding and if it is possible to achieve this in education at an institutional level? Is it possible to teach groups as effectively as individuals? I didn't do well in school yet love learning while understanding that being a self-directed learner is not the norm. To model education after courses in the style of the many cMOOCs I've been involved in is not applicable to the students I encounter every day at the community college where I work as an asssistant ID.
How do we nurture the independence, self-confidence and "voice" necessary for more people to participate equally in education and life?
With a history in art education and working in the building trades, learning design intrigues me. Can we design in a manner that need not be supported by simulations and metaphore but from that distributed intelligence base that thradespeople and artists seem connected to? Is there a language that speaks to the body as well as the brain that can be conveyed somehow electronically in online learning design? How do we describe "understanding" and "literacy" in a way that is accessable to everyone?
As a starting point I offer this segment that speaks of the difference between experimental science and psychoanalysis:
Experimental science deals with large classes of individuals, that is, individuals who are more or less indistinguishable, or whose differences can be washed out in statistical analysis without destroying what made them interesting to study in the first place.
Psychoanalysis does not deal with large classes of individuals, but with singal individuals whose differences may not be washed out without major loss of significance.
Dealing with large classes of individuals permits scientists to produce a body of theory with highly specific predictive value that can, to a considerable degree, eliminate the need for direct and detailed investigation of individual cases.
Dealing with single individuals does not permit psychoanalysts to make theoretical generalizations of the type that may be substituted for direct experience.
Experimental science conducts its investigations by relying on an established body of experimentally derived theoretical knowledge.
Psychoanalysis does not rely for its investigations on an established body of knowledge, but investigates unique cases using a technique of creative exploration.
Expertise in experimental science is associated with knowledge of a body of theory.
Expertise in psychoanalysis consists of the capacity to work in ignorance of theory—to see what is looking at without theoretical preconceptions.
From: “Building Out into the Dark - Theory and Observation in Science and Psychoanalysis” Robert Caper 2009 Routledge