Nonlinear pedagogy: learning design for self-organizing neurobiological systems

CHOW, Jia Yi, DAVIDS, Keith, HRISTOVSKI, Robert, ARAÚJO, Duarte and PASSOS, Pedro (2011). Nonlinear pedagogy: learning design for self-organizing neurobiological systems. New Ideas in Psychology, 29 (2), 189-200.

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    Abstract

    In this paper, key concepts in ecological psychology and nonlinear dynamics exemplify how learning design can be shaped by ideas of self-organization, meta-stability and self-organized criticality in complex neurobiological systems. Through interactions with specific ecological constraints in learning environments, cognition, decision making and action emerge. An important design strategy is the use of different types of noise to channel the learning process into meta-stable regions of the “learner–learning environment” system to encourage adaptive behaviors. Here learners can be exposed to many functional and creative performance solutions during training. Data from studies in the performance context of sports are used to illustrate how these theoretical ideas can underpin learning design. Based on these insights a nonlinear pedagogy is proposed in which the role of coaches or trainers alters from a more traditional, prescriptive stance to the mode of manipulating key interacting task constraints including information, space and equipment to facilitate learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2010.10.001
    Page Range: 189-200
    Depositing User: Carole Harris
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 08:29
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7305

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