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Conation: An important factor of mind

Conation changes the implications of research supporting grit, self-efficacy, resilience, and learning styles (to name a few). The article explains: Kolbe (1990) suggests that human beings have a conative style or a preferred method of putting thought into action or interacting with the environment. This might be compared to differences of temperament or personality type (e.g., Huitt, 1988;  Keirsey, 1998; Myers, 1980) that purports to identify general approaches to thinking, feeling, and behavior or to learning style (e.g., McFarland, 1997) that identifies general approaches to encoding and processing information. Kolbe identifies four action or conative modes:

 

Fact Finder (instincts to probe, refine and simplify);

Follow Thru (instincts to organize, reform and adapt);

Quick Start (instincts to improvise, revise and stabilize); and

Implementor (instincts to construct, renovate and envision).

 

How should educators apply these research findings in terms of how we explore grit or self-efficacy? Resilience? differentiation? learning activities? curriculum development? 

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How should educators apply these research findings in terms of how we explore grit or self-efficacy? Resilience? differentiation? learning activities? curriculum development? 

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Human Intelligence: Map

An alphabetical interactive map, organized by time period, with links to biographical profiles of people who have influenced the development of intelligence theory and testing.
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Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1 of 7)

Former neurologist and teacher Judy Willis will be presenting a 5-part series on how young brains develop neurologically; she'll also offer some research-based classroom strategies to teach critical
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from the article: "Students need to be explicitly taught and given opportunities to practice using executive functions to organize, prioritize, compare, contrast, connect to prior knowledge, give new examples of a concept, participate in open-ended discussions, synthesize new learning into concise summaries, and symbolize new learning into new mental constructs, such as through the arts or writing across the curriculum."

 

According to the above quote, explicit instruction is needed for higher level thinking. This quote also affirms that with expllicit instrution, practice of the skills is important as well. The author also allows for rote learning--rote has its place and its necessity. She gives examples of where and why this is necessary.

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Cognitive Democracy — Crooked Timber

Networks, media, collective action, public sphere, markets, hierarchies, politics, decision-making -- Howard 

 

"In this essay, we outline a cognitive approach to democracy. Specifically, we argue that democracy has unique benefits as a form of collective problem solving in that it potentially allows people with highly diverse perspectives to come together in order collectively to solve problems. Democracy can do this better than either markets and hierarchies, because it brings these diverse perceptions into direct contact with each other, allowing forms of learning that are unlikely either through the price mechanism of markets or the hierarchical arrangements of bureaucracy. Furthermore, democracy can, by experimenting, take advantage of novel forms of collective cognition that are facilitated by new media."


Via Howard Rheingold, Bronwen Evans
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Poor Richard's comment, May 26, 2012 3:44 AM
How do we prep citizens for cognitive democracy? How about some cognitive hygiene? http://almanac2010.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/xtopia/
Poor Richard's comment, May 26, 2012 3:45 AM
How do we prep citizens for cognitive democracy? How about some cognitive hygiene? http://almanac2010.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/xtopia/
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Robert Fisher Teaching Thinking homepage

This article explores what metacognition is, why it is important and how it develops in children. It argues that teachers need to help children develop metacognitive awareness, and identifies the factors which enhance metacognitive development. Metacognitive thinking is a key element in the transfer of learning. The child's development of metacognitive skills is defined as meta-learning. Meta-teaching strategies can help mediate the metacognitive skills of children, help to stimilate children's metacognitive thinking. The article draws upon reserch currently being undertaken in London schools on raising achievement in thinking and learning through developing the metacognition of children as learners in schools.


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excerpt: "Brown claims that two versions of metacognition are often confused, namely 'the essential distinction between self regulation during learning' and 'knowledge of, or even mental experimentation with, one's own thoughts' (Brown et al 1983). Adey & Shayer (1994) agree with this distinction, which they categorise as going beyond, and going above, the present learning behaviour. Going beyond one's present repertoire of reasoning is linked to 2,3 and 4 in Brown's list above. This can be equated with what Newman et al (1989) call 'construction zone activity', a concept derived from Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development, which refers to mental activity, usually of a collaborative nature, which involves children going beyond their present levels of competence. 

 
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What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning

What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Predictions pique our interest. Once we wager that our favorite sports team will win, we want to know the final score. Once we guess the identity of the murde

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We know this concept (or use it) when we use K-W-L charts.

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IMPLICATION:  Learning Content Design

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K-W-L charts come to mind.
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Try These Cognitive Restructuring Exercises to Improve Your Mood and Reduce Stress

Try These Cognitive Restructuring Exercises to Improve Your Mood and Reduce Stress | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Cognitive restructuring is a core part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is one of the most effective psychological treatments for common problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and binge eating.

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How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age? It's never anything else but This Moment!