Jay Cross interviews John Seely Brown about the roots of informal learning

There’s a slight irony in that many non-specialists may find this discussion of the problems with abstraction in learning… a little abstract. But there is good stuff here, including the background to the Institute for Research on Learning, and what Jean Lave learnt from how people learn in Africa.

Nowadays, my learning often arrived in giant “ah-ha” packages:
Learning activity

Friday’s encounter with JSB was one of those peak learning experiences.

Of all people, I’d lost sight of the fact that you can’t teach people abstractions. Give them the specifics; with the help of their friends, they will create memorable abstractions for themselves. And remember them.

Read more at www.internettime.com

 
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