Book Review: New Science of Learning - Cognition, Computers and Collaboration in Education

Ahmet Haluk Yuksel
2013 Contemporary Educational Technology  
Introduction This book (ISBN: 978-1-4419-57154-3) is edited by Myint Swe Khine and Issa M. Saleh. It is published in 2010 by Springer, New York, United States. Robert J. Sternberg who wrote the foreword for the book indicates many important points and approaches of the field. As Sternberg points out, it is seen that the editors of The New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers, and Collaboration in Education have recruited much of the important and top talent in the field of learning to
more » ... about the latest developments in the science of learning. In today's world, there are different models for this relationship. One model is the Solarian model, described in the book, of people in isolation with little but virtual contact. A second model is of children working together in a computer laboratory reading lessons presented in a fascinating way via computer. A third model is that of distance learning. One even can do group projects with others, completing the projects without seeing any of the others in the group or having the foggiest idea of what they look like. In extreme cases, one could be involved in an elaborate Turing test, interacting with a computer while one thought one is interacting with others, without even realizing that the others are simulacra. A fourth model is group-interactive projects that use the computer but take place in classrooms or laboratories or libraries with humans in face-to-face interactions. More and more libraries across the world are creating what are sometimes called "learning commons" which are spaces for precisely such interaction to occur. This study, as the authors indicate, provides a detailed picture of today's digital youth. To betray and solve their main problem the researchers have spoken with the educators from different schools largely within Greater Boston area and represented a broad range of disciplines across the arts and humanities, the social, physical and biological sciences and athletics. The interviews were conducted between May 2008 and February 2009. For post interviews the two sets of notes were distilled into a single master account and a briefer overview focused on key points. After 20 interviews, work began on identifying emerging themes; these themes formed the basis of a detailed project matrix. As the interview
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