Paradigm Theory: 4 Learning Paradigms

For all who would be teachers or trainers or want to learn and wonder how and why and what they are being taught.

The ways we acquire paradigms have evolved and become more complex as our brains have doubled in size to accommodate this. When our ancestors’ brains were the size of a chimpanzee’s we learned through socialising. We still do, but as our brains have become bigger we have been able to pass on the more complex paradigms of language and tool-making by training the young. With literacy came the need for schooling in the paradigms of urbanisation. How will we acquire the paradigms of the future?

While brains have been getting bigger, the canals of birth have been getting smaller. Have we reached the limits of our ability to comprehend complex paradigms?

CONTENT

  • How do we acquire paradigms?
  • Let me count the ways
  • Schooling
  • Training
  • Socialising
  • The fractal levels of paradigm acquisition
  • Is there a better way?
  • I can do anything better than you.
  • The problems for education.
  • Test
  • References
  • Glossary

Key words: instructional systems, schooling, training, socialisation, Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), Just in Time Artificially Intelligent Teacher (JITAIT), panopticon, panglossian, neo-Socratic, imitation, storytelling, games, conditioning, fractal levels of paradigm acquisition, cognitive dissonance.
Key names: Socrates, Brian Patten, Frederick the Great, Robert Mager, Leon Festinger, Ivan Pavlov, Skinner, Voltaire, Jeremy Bentham, Domingo Sarmiento.

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