I’ve been a little heavy on the research-driven posts lately, so I thought I’d throw in a personal story for this post with the hope that other lifelong learners might find some small consolation and – just possibly – inspiration in it.
So, here it is:
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It’s been years since Malcolm Knowles, considered by many to be the “father of adult learning,” articulated a set of six principles – or “assumptions,” as he put it – about how adults tend to learn differently from children. While anyone who is serious about creating and facilitating effective adult learning experiences should already be familiar with these principles, I’m willing to bet that the average adult learner, to whom they apply, has never heard of either Knowles or his assumptions. I think it is worth knowing them, though, as a way to become more conscious of and deliberate in your own learning efforts.
So, in this post I offer an overview of Knowles’ six adult learning principles reframed for use by lifelong learners. Read more >>
A while back I planned to write series on barriers to learning, but I was stopped in my tracks when I tried to write about what I perceive as one of the most insidious barriers: cognitive bias. I was heartened, therefore to find a study recently that suggests hope for combatting cognitive bias.
What is Cognitive Bias?
In a nutshell, cognitive bias is the tendency for what we have experienced in the past and “know” – whether consciously or consciously – to influence how we process new information. Each of us lives our lives day in and day out with a wide range of assumptions, preferences, misconceptions and other mental leanings that strongly influence – and, in many cases, essentially pre-determine – how open we really are to learning. These biases take many, many forms, but a handful of particularly common ones include:
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