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Learning to Research about Learning

Herbert A. Simon

Carnegie Mellon University

 

The purpose of this chapter is not to introduce wholly new themes into the discussion that is pursued throughout this volume, but to highlight some general implications from the work discussed in the other chapters about directions for learning research, and how our understanding of cognition can define these directions.

LEARNING AS THE LINK

The connection between cognition and instruction lies, of course, in learning; and for at least two very good reasons, learning has been a central topic in psychology for the whole century of that discipline's history.

First, learning is one of the most important activities in which human beings engage, occupying a very large ...

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