Enormous amounts of data on the brain, intelligence, and the learning process have been produced as a result of learning sciences research. Because our educational system and learning processes are complex, there is no silver bullet for improving our schools.
- Learning is a process. There is a logical progression to how a person develops skills and learning habits based on the physical development of the brain.
- Individuals learn in various ways. People learn at their own pace, using a variety of methods and strategies to acquire and process information.
- People discover what is personally significant to them. People are more motivated when they can see how new skills and knowledge can be applied in their personal and professional lives.
- Current knowledge is used to construct new knowledge. Incorrect or insufficient prior knowledge, on the other hand, can make learning more difficult. People learn by associating new information with previous knowledge. Knowledge can be retrieved and applied more easily if those connections are well organized.
- Learning takes place through social interaction. Learning is more efficient than passive listening, reading, or watching media when it allows for active response and exchange among peers and experts.