Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: “Design, Learning, and Collaboration” — Spring Semester 2005

Assignment 10: “Learning: From Speculation to Science”


Learning: From Speculation to Science ‡ Introduction to Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.) (2001) How People Learn — Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. (distributed on paper)

Important — Role distribution: analyzers and summarizers for assignment 10:




The “analyzers and summarizers” can do their work individually or jointly

due: Monday, March 28, 2005

1. producers: please submit by 9:00am to the class website ‡ please be on time, so the “analyzers and summarizers” can do their work!

2. analyzers/summarizers: please submit by 3:00pm to the class website

Briefly discuss the following issues:

1. what did you find

1.1. interesting about the article?

1.2. not interesting about the article?

2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

3. analyze and describe how you have learnt a complex systems (e.g.,“Microsoft Word” or a similar system incase you have never learnt MS-Word, Photoshop, Java, using the Web effectively, …)?

4. describe the most interesting / exciting learning episode of your life!

5. write in one short paragraph (a) what the following concepts mean and (b) which role they have played in your personal learning (e.g., where you have encountered them)

5.1. learning by being told

5.2. self-directed learning

5.3. learning on demand

5.4. discovery learning

5.5. experiential learning

5.6. informal learning

5.7. collaborative learning

6. which media support have you used and are you using for your learning?