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Great Minds on Learning

Oct 11, 2021

'We're now beginning to unpack what is really good for learners and teaching' says Donald Clark, 'and it's not what we thought it was.'
Learning Theory over the ages has concentrated largely on the 'front end' of the process: learning as an event and an experience. Less attention has been given to the back end, how one makes it stick. This episode concentrates on the people who explored these questions of practice and transfer, from William James to the present day.
What they discovered was a quite startling, counter-intuitive truth – one which has largely ignored by the educational establishment to date.
00:56 - Introducing pragmatism & practice
04:51 - What’s the timeline?
05:47 - William James (1842 - 1910)
16:39 - John Dewey (1859-1952)
26:32 - K. Anders Ericsson (1947-2020)
36:37 - Robert A. Bjork (1939- ) & Elizabeth L. Bjork
43:41 - Henry L. Roediger III (1947-) and Jeffrey D. Karpicke
49:00 - Summing up
Books mentioned in the discussion
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning By Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger (III), Mark A. McDaniel · 2014
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise By Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool · 2016
Karpicke & Roediger
Contact Donald
Twitter: @DonaldClark
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Twitter: @johnhelmer
Download the new white paper from Learning Pool written by John Helmer & Ben Betts – Suite Dreams: The Past, Present and Future of Learning Systems