[OT] Education Theory (was Re: Database Design Theory?)
shane at hathawaymix.org
Wed Nov 9 15:00:30 MST 2005
Justin Findlay wrote:
> On 11/9/05, Shane Hathaway <shane at hathawaymix.org> wrote:
>>I've always wondered if I'm odd in the way I learn things, but I've
>>always had far more success if I start with practical applications
>>before moving into theory. When I start with theory, I don't know why I
>>need to learn it, so my rebellious nature ignores it. However, when I
>>start with applications, the importance is obvious and most of the
>>theory is intuitive. Later, I fill in the gaps in my theoretical
>>understanding by talking to people or reading books.
> You're not odd. But there are people out there who learn best by your
> method backwards.
Let me tell you about an experiment I tried in college. I was having
trouble getting good grades, so I decided to give up my preferred method
of learning. Rather than work on coming to a real understanding of each
subject, I decided to memorize and regurgitate. I banned any original
thought from my mind. Since that decision, I got A's for two years
straight. I learned some useful things like active verbs, Communism,
and Descartes, but I don't feel like the theory stuck in my head as well
as it could have. Is that really learning? The institution certainly
encouraged my behavior.
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