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December 12, 2010 by USA Post 

Mcgraw Hill Connect, If human beings are born to learn, create order in chaos from the moment we first open our eyes, why do students’ minds often close when they enter the classroom? According to Dr. Andrea Pascarella, director of development of digital content and pedagogy in McGraw-Hill Education, and Dr. David Echevarria, assistant professor of experimental psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, the reason is that the formal practice of Education is very different from how humans accept and process knowledge.

Pascarella and Echevarria today released a position paper, “Born to Learn: The Evolution of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Tools Inspire New Adaptive Learning,” which examines what we have come to understand how humans learn and how adaptive learning tools based on cognitive research and artificial intelligence can effectively manage the performance of students in the classrooms of the 21st century.

In the paper, the authors argue that although most students enjoy the learning process, they often struggle in the classroom because:

They are sent directly to knowledge rather than to win by personal experience;
Their learning style different from the way the subject is taught, and
Educational tools have not evolved sufficiently to meet the need of students for a greater stimulation to remain engaged.

As a solution to these problems, Pascarella and Echevarria describe a new generation of Web-based interactive educational tools on the latest developments in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

[Adaptive learning tools] are beginning to fundamentally change the way instructors teach and students learn, particularly in the post-secondary level, “write the authors. Pascarella and Echevarria said that the programs are more effective because “they are based on cognitive research on how the human mind actually learns and processes of knowledge.”

Studies show that long-accepted notion of sequential thinking – the intuition that we thought that each individual is different and leads to another – is not exactly how the human mind. The mind is much faster and more complex interactions and processes, to come pre-loaded with knowledge structures that help us understand the world of birth. Accordingly, Pascarella and Echevarria argue that we need to use educational tools related to knowledge of new information that has already been acquired, allowing students to test and adapt the ideas.

“These new tools, such as ALEKS and LearnSmart – as well as others currently in development at McGraw-Hill Education – promise the advent of an era of greater achievement for students and instructors become familiar with their use” , Pascarella and Echevarria write. “This is particularly true for post-secondary education, like most colleges already have the technical resources and infrastructure necessary to host and provide web-based courses and duties of curriculum /.”

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