Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Flow and Mindfulness in PLENK2010 - Learning Theories


Maybe it is not a learning theory the way constructionism and behaviorism is, but FLOW in relation to todays learning environments seems interesting to me.

Wikipedia about flow:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology). From this link you get to know for example that "Psychologists have found that one's mind can only attend to a certain amount of information at a time. According to Miller's 1956 study, that number is about 126 bits of information per second. That may seem like a large number (and a lot of information), but simple daily tasks take quite a lot of information. Just having a conversation takes about 40 bits of information per second; that's 1/3 of one's capacity"

  • How do I design a PLE for flow (is it at all possible)?

Also terms like mindfulness and acceptance come to my mind when thinking about todays learning environments(lots of inputs, lots of options) rather than learning theories.

Where I work as a special education teacher, we often also talk about the term salutogenesis coined by Aaron Antonovsky.Important due to this theory is a sense of coherence.
"More specifically, the "salutogenic model" is concerned with the relationship between health, stress and coping." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salutogenesis)


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