Donald Clarks Learning Theorist Series

Donald Clark is running a series of articles on Learning Theorist – it’s pretty extensive:

Calvin (1509-1564) – Teachers as preachers… deficit model…

Locke (1632-1704)… Motivation and habit…

Marx (1818-1883) – Education as class war…

Chomsky – Education as indoctrination

Vygotsky (1896-1934) – Social constructivism… Oft-quoted, rarely read…

Bruner (1916-2016) – Constructivist scaffolder…

Neill (1883 – 1973) – Summerhill…

Bandler – NLP – training’s fraudulent cult…

Skinner (1904-1990) – Radical behaviourism and bomber pigeons…

Miller – Magic number 7 and chunking… referred to himself as being ‘plagued by an integer’!

Ericsson – Deliberate practice… retrieval cues…

Atkinson & Shiffrin – Memory Matters

Baddelley – Working Memory

Tulving – Episodic and semantic memory

Sweller – Cognitive Load Theory

Ebbinghaus – The Forgetting Curve

Dewey – Practical and problem-based learning

James – Learning by doing

Ericsson – Deliberate practice

Bjork – Desirable difficulty

Mager – Learning objectives … Conditions, Performance, Criterion

Bloom – Taxonomy of learning

Gagne – Nine instructional steps

Kolb – Experiential learning

Merrill – Instructional principles for offline and online learning

Fleming – VAKuous learning styles?

Honey & Mumford – All style no substance?

Geary – Evolution and education …

Jay Cross (1944 – 2015) – Informal and workflow learning

Csikszentmihalyi – Go with the flow

Seligman – Positive psychology … but at the cost of realism?

Maslow (1908 – 1970) – That misleading pyramid (5 or 7?) … hierarchy of needs

Kohlberg (1927 – 1987) – Moral development …

Martin – Women in education

McLuhan (1911 – 1980) – Global village where the medium is the message

Gardner – Multiple intelligences

Goleman – Emotional intelligence

Myers-Briggs (1897-1980, 1875-1968)

Kirkpatrick – 4 levels of evaluation

Knowles (1913-1997) – Adult learning … andrology

Hattie – Visible learning

Engelmann (1931-2019) – Much maligned direct instruction

Rosenshine (1930-2017) – 17 principles of effective instruction

Willingham – Cognitive science in teaching

Black & William – Avoid hands up … formative feedback

Dweck – Growth mindset

Belbin – Optimal teams – nine roles

Stodd – The social age

Salas – Teaching teams

Wenger – Communities of practice

Papert – Logo, Lego and constructionism

Prensky – Digital natives and immigrants … and games

Downes & Siemens – Connectivism … cMoocs

Mayer – 500 studies of online learning

Nass & Reeves – Computers are seen as human

The Politicians have laid the blame, but now it’s time to identify and resolve the issue

So now that the politicians have had a moan about who’s at fault for the chaos on the M80 at Cumbernauld, we need to dig a little deeper into the issue.

Sure the weather is the main culprit, and there’s not much we can directly do about that. There were plenty of warnings about the possibility of problems with a Red Warning from the Met Office which was highlighted ahead of schedule by Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf. He was perhaps a little too enthusiastic in his foreboding before the Red Warning was actually issued and came across as another politician trying to grab the headlines – this probably reduced the potency of the crucial Met Office message as folk politely ignored him and carried on regardless.

But if we look back, we see that at the end of February 2017, the exact same problem arose in the exact same location hit us when “a weather bomb” from Storm Doris struck central Scotland.

Now this is the real issue – the same problem, happening in the same location, two years running – so this is what we should be encouraging our politicians to looks at. You should note that this stretch of road was upgraded to motorway as part of a Government project that was completed in 2011 at a cost of £320m.

As much as we like to criticise the Council, this is not a Council road, it is a Scottish Government road, so instead of laying blame at the foot of the hauliers, perhaps now the politicians can get some folk round a table and sort out what the issue is with the road they designed and now manage, and how the issue will be dealt with more effectively moving forward.

League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth

In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.