Perspectives: Examining the Learning Cycle

by: Patrick L. Brown and Sandra L. Abell

Cognitive scientists tell us that students need to relate new ideas to their experience and place new ideas into a framework for understanding (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking 2001). Thus exploring phenomena before explaining them is critical for learning. Researchers have found that students benefit when all three phases of the learning cycle are present (Renner, Abraham, and Birnie 1988).


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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2007Volume 044Issue 05

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