How We Learn: Facts Aren’t Important

29 Jun
2020

We have a difficult time remembering facts and details, they’re just not important to human memory, yet most of our courses are laden with facts.

According Dr Roger Schank, cognitive psychologist, learning scientist, in his report What We Learn When We Learn By Doing, facts can only be acquired in a useful way if sought out by the learner to satisfy curiosity, when the learner wants to know them. “The right time was when I wanted to know them, a time that could only have been determined by me and not a teacher.” 

Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind says, that with facts, information, and data so easily accessed now, “what begins to matter more [than mere data] is the ability to place these facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact.

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What is A Learning Journey? Since 1995 I’ve collected a vast amount of information from learning leaders, educators, scientists, etc. on the topic of learning and development. Consolidating these notes collected from conversations, books, conferences, articles and white papers, and sharing my learning journey as A Learning Journey made sense. Thus the series was born. I hope you find the information valuable.

Craig Dadoly
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