New Mental Models


What are the ideas about
knowledge, mind, and
learning that inform your
current thinking about how
you...
Knowledge
•  Knowledge is “stuff”
•  It can be stored - in minds, books or other
   kinds of databases
•  Knowledge is tru...
Minds
•  Minds are like containers (filing
   cabinets or databases), they store
   knowledge
•  Minds also process knowle...
Learning

•  Learning is the process by which knowledge
   gets stored in minds
•  Learning is an individual activity: it ...
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New mental models

  1. 1. New Mental Models What are the ideas about knowledge, mind, and learning that inform your current thinking about how you teach and how schools should be organised? Ref: Jane Gilbert (2005) Catching the Knowledge Wave - NZCER 2009 Derek Wenmoth
  2. 2. Knowledge •  Knowledge is “stuff” •  It can be stored - in minds, books or other kinds of databases •  Knowledge is true, correct, “the facts” •  It is something stable that accumulates slowly over time; new knowledge builds on older knowledge •  It is built up by people, and people can “have” it, however, it exists objectively, independently of people •  There are different branches of knowledge called disciplines or subjects •  Each discipline has its own way of doing things 2009 Derek Wenmoth
  3. 3. Minds •  Minds are like containers (filing cabinets or databases), they store knowledge •  Minds also process knowledge; they take it in, organise it and represent it •  Minds are the places where thinking and learning happen •  Some minds have more capacity than other minds for storing and processing knowledge •  The mind is located in the brain, but its activities are distinct from the brain’s other functions 2009 Derek Wenmoth
  4. 4. Learning •  Learning is the process by which knowledge gets stored in minds •  Learning is an individual activity: it takes place in individual minds •  Learning is an activity that happens in more or less the same way in all individuals •  Learners of the same age (or stage of development) will be ready for the same kinds of knowledge at the same time •  Learning is easier if the knowledge to be learned is broken down into parts and introduced as a series of steps. 2009 Derek Wenmoth
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