Sunday, September 18, 2011

Brain and Bottom-Up Learning

I was pleased to read this article and notice that someone is at least talking about a different way of helping the brain to learn information. Schools traditionally emphasis top-down education at the expense of bottom-up strategies (or perceptual learning). Now some researchers are saying that if millions of children can develop a trained eye for video combat games and doctored Facebook photos, they can surely do the same for graphs and equations. The concept isn't new in and of itself (e.g., the brain registers subtle patterns subconsciously, well before a person knows he or she is learning) but applying to education certainly is. One can only hope!

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