Tag Archives: social learning

what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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Theory of mind

…quite a concise and clear summary: http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/documents/astington-edwardangxp.pdf

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Age segregation vs mixed-age learning

I’m rather enjoying Peter Gray’s Free to Learn… consider some of what he writes on the segregation of children according to age in school: “Age segregation and lack of opportunities for free play add to the forces that work against … Continue reading

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Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools

I am really enjoying Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach to Teaching. He writes: “Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools. [-p.8] Someone invented a counting system, creating another addition to our cultural tool kit. An individual who learns that counting system acquires … Continue reading

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A classroom that avoids punishment as a learning tool

After describing some of her worse teacher moments telling children off for their mess (beautifully and reassuringly described, as might be expected from her), Vivian Gussin Paley offers her thoughts on teacher intervention in disruptive play: She first discusses how a … Continue reading

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Manners make us human

Valerie Curtis “argue[s] that, far from being an old-fashioned set of rules about which fork to use, manners are so important that they should be up there with fire and the invention of language as a prime candidate for what … Continue reading

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play fighting

There is a book,  Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, (Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998)) chock full of interesting essays about the value of play – as it relates to mammalian young. So much of this book … Continue reading

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friendship and failure

According to Ellen Rydell Altermatt and Elizabeth F. Broady: “Academic difficulties are an important facet of children’s experience. In fact, children report that receiving poor grades and encountering problems with homework are among the most common distressing events in their daily lives (Compas, Malcarne, … Continue reading

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