Re: [xmca] human learning theory text for grads in education/instructional technology - suggestions?

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 22:43:04 PDT

That is a fascinating question, Michael.
And a very hard one to answer.
*How people Learn" sort of ventured toward the borders of the standard
and was not obsessed with "technology" (By which they meant the historically
technologies associated with comupters, digital media the internet). I have
only read some
chapters from preprints in the "learning sciences" handbook.

The question that comes to mind in thinking about what to have students read
is : to what extent does the discussion on XMCA transgress the borders of
the learning science, when, and why? Reciprocal teaching. And? Design
experimentation? The centrality of cultural mediation and cultural
construction of teaching/learning?

Some. But might a carefully selected set of articles perhaps be most

This past week in a grad course involving ucla and ucberkeley schools of ed,
we discussed the article, available at lchc, or
"The sound of the violin." This, to me, is a very important article about
learning and technology. But does it count? Would it help?

(PS, google "sound of the violin" or Boesch at lchc and it should come

A whole book full of such articles to provide a super intro to the learning
science would be a really interesting undertaking.

On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 2:37 PM, Michael A. Evans <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Iım in the process of restructuring a graduate-level introductory course
> in
> human learning theory and would appreciate your advice...I remember a
> while
> back a statement that the 2000 NRC report, ³How People Learn,² was de
> rigueur in most programs ­ nevertheless, I sensed that folks were
> searching
> for an alternative...
> Currently, Iım considering the Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences
> ­
> is there anyone on the list using this and could they share their
> experience, suggestions?
> For the past three years Iıve been using Driscollıs Psychology of Learning
> for Instruction (to give you an idea of the type students Iım working
> with),
> but am now in search of an alternative...for one thing, I think Driscollıs
> text might be too focused toward instructional technology; one of my goals
> for the restructuring is to attract students from other programs within
> education, while also interesting those in HCI and science and technology
> studies ­ perhaps, thatıs a bit too broad, but thatıs what I had in
> mind...
> Thanks in advance!
> Michael~
> --
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