“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as WE are.”
(Babylonian Talmud?)

Contents

Knowledge and Information

Behaviourism Cognitivism Constructionist

Experience

Naive Realism

The Problem with Positivism

Reductionism

The Quest for Simplicity

The Creation of the Individual

Introduction
I started this website ten years ago to provide access to resources for effective instructional design. This site is no longer needed as other sites provide such resources. However, since my involvement is discussions in LinkedIn with numerous contributors, I have concluded that the language used to describe pedagogical issues leads to a shallow understanding of human learning. In my opinion, language such as market-speak, synonyms, and metonyms, used for explication and description reduces understanding to simplistic banalities.

It is my intention to attempt at addressing this situation through a series of aphoristic texts. Human learning is incredibly complex, and current cognitive discourse aims to reduce it to systems, processes and procedures. Were it that simple, there would be no need for this site, but that does not mean that the language for the explication and description of human learning should be unnecessarily complicated.

Cleaning up the language
Synonyms: Dictionary definition - a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another, for example, happy, joyful, elated.

A word or expression accepted as another name for something, as Arcadia for pastoral simplicity or Wall Street for U.S. financial markets; metonym.