Wednesday, 8 February 2012


The joy of mastery

New Scientist magazine, whatever its other virtues (which I cannot judge), more often than not makes a bit of a kybosh of human learning and development. You might, however, find something thought-provoking in this item by Sally Adee in the current issue:

Or you might prefer approaching from the line of Matthew Syed's Bounce:

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. I would love to jump 50 years into the future to see the approach to learning.

    Though not the biggest point of the article, I found this quote interesting,"When you have an external focus, you achieve a more automatic type of control" I wonder if that fits with CE, seems it could go both ways. I was a gymnast for years and can definitely relate to having better results when I focused on key words or equipment throughout a skill instead of the actual movement, this of course could only be done once the movement had already started to become automatic. Is it helpful to reach the natural state of limited cognitive thought sooner? Would learning be maintained?
    Should people be encouraged to actively think about every movement and then progress to focusing on something external, or should they be encouraged sooner to relate to something external?