Modeling learning: take two

Written by: Josh Rosenberg

Primary Source: Joshua Rosenberg

I was thinking last week about modeling learning in terms of an article that argued that different “models” (behavioral, cognitive, social) help to explain different aspects of learning.

That motivated me to model what I think learning is — here’s my initial result with an explanation below:

  • 2014-09-19_09-22-04Individuals have some motivation for participating in social practices.
  • Social practices as the activities individuals do with other individuals, like playing on a team, working on a project, or teaching with technology. Different content areas have different practices that are related to what experts in those areas do.
  • Participating in social practices requires individuals to change (their knowledge, skill, subsequent motivation, etc.) to participate more centrally.
  • These changes lead individuals to develop their expertise and change how they see themselves and what subsequent activities they choose to participate in.
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Joshua M. Rosenberg is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. In his research, Joshua focuses on how social and cultural factors affect teaching and learning with technologies, in order to better understand and design learning environments that support learning for all students. Joshua currently serves as the associate chair for the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Special Interest Group in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Joshua was previously a high school science teacher, and holds degrees in education (M.A.) and biology (B.S.).