The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer
This is a thought provoking book on "education" and "learning" by Ellen Langer.
It argues that traditional methods of learning can produce mindless behaviour because they tend to suggest that there is only one answer to a problem or a single correct way to tackle a task.
Ellen argues that it is important to teach skills and facts conditionally, to adopt varying perspectives and to set the stage for doubt and an awareness that different situations may call for different approaches or answers.
The book describes seven myths that in the view of the author undermine true learning and discuses how we can avoid their debilitating effects. The myths are:
She has also written a short paper on Mindful Learning.
David Gurteen's comments: Whether you agree with all her ideas or not - the book will cause you to question some very deeply held beliefs - something we all need to do from time to time!
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On single-minded views by Ellen J. Langer Professor of Psychology at Harvard
Quotations from The Power of Mindful Learning:
In the perspective of every person lies a lens through which we may better understand ourselves.
Not only do we as individuals get locked into single-minded views, but we also reinforce these views for each other until the culture itself suffers the same mindlessness.
11:57 PM GDT