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Themes And Concepts Of Accelerated Learning

Jan 30, 2008
Research over the past half decade or so into Accelerated Learning has generated new conceptions of learning in five unique areas. New information about human learning has being investigated by psychologists and the belief that effective learning proceeds have shifted to focus on students' understanding and application of knowledge and away from rote or drill and learning have now been generally accepted as best practice.

The five areas involved in accelerated learning are early learning foundations, structure of knowledge and memory, problem solving and analysis, self regulatory and metacognitive processes and community participation and cultural experiences and each can play and important role the whole learning experience and its successful outcome.

Memory Processes and the Structure of knowledge. Accelerated Learning requires an understanding of the nature of organized knowledge and Knowing how learners develop coherent structures of information has been particularly useful in understanding effective thinking and creativity.. Memory has come to be understood as more than simple associations; encompassing many different aspects including, episodic memory and procedural memory. As well as understanding the function of short term memory,

Analysis and problem solving. In Accelerated Learning there is a clear distinction between specialized expertise of individuals who have proficiency in particular subjects and the learned problem-solving skills in novices. One of the most important influences on contemporary learning theory has been research on how expert learners approach a subject. Learning theory can now account for how learners acquire new skills and then use these general strategies in other problem-solving situations.

Early foundation. Scientific studies of infants and young children have revealed the relationships between children's learning predispositions and their emergent abilities to organize and coordinate information, make inferences, and discover strategies for problem solving.

The development of creative methodologies for Accelerated Learning and in assessing infants' responses in controlled research settings has done much to illuminate early learning. As a result, educators are rethinking the role of the skills and abilities children bring with them to school to take advantage of opportunities for learning in school.

Metacognitive processes and self-regulatory capabilities. Individuals can be taught to regulate their behaviors. Self Regulation and self motivation are important elements in any learning environment. These regulatory activities enable executive control of one's performance via self-monitoring. The activities include such strategies as time management, planning ahead, predicting outcomes, noting failures to comprehend, improving understanding, and activating background knowledge.

Cultural experience and community participation. Accelerated Learning and indeed any kind of learning involves becoming attuned to the constraints and resources, the limits and possibilities, that are involved in the practices of the community. Participation in social practice is a fundamental form of learning. Learning is promoted by social norms that value the search for understanding.

The family environment is essential in shaping early learning experiences. A supportive context of the family supports effective and rapid learning processes. The way in which adults engage with children is essential to this process. Encouraging children to find their own solutions to problems will develop skills necessary for future learning success. These processes occur long before children enter school. Activities have the effect of providing to toddlers with the structure for interpretation of the culture's norms and rules.
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Kathy is a psychologist, and writes articles and course for Accelerated Learning, Personal Development, and Self Help Issues. Learn more about Accelerated Learning at Accelerated Learning and Your Unlimited Brain Power
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