Humana Mente 11 (33) (2018)
AbstractObservational learning is ubiquitous. We very often observe and pick up information about how others behave and subsequently replicate similar behaviours in one way or another. Focusing on observational learning, I investigate human imitation, the mechanisms that underpin it as well as the processes that complement it, in order to assess its contribution to learning and education. Furthermore, I construe emotion as a scaffold for observational learning and bring together evidence about its influence on selective attention. Finally, I flesh out possible ways in which the insights about the role of imitation in learning could help design a more effective and equally rewarding learning environment. Specifically, I suggest that perhaps the simplest and most effective way to foster learning via promoting imitation is through letting learners of various ages co-exist. The benefits of learning in a mixed-age group are assessed.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Similar books and articles
Imitation and the Effort of Learning.Justin H. G. Williams - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (1):40-41.
Training Quality and Learning Goals: Towards Effective Learning for All.Rosemary J. Stevenson - 1998 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (3):426-427.
Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching: Communities, Activites and Networks.Richard Edwards, Gert Biesta & Mary Thorpe (eds.) - 2009 - Routledge.
Competitive Processes in Cross‐Situational Word Learning.Daniel Yurovsky, Chen Yu & Linda B. Smith - 2013 - Cognitive Science 37 (5):891-921.
Social Learning Mechanisms: Implications for a Cognitive Theory of Imitation.Thomas R. Zentall - 2011 - Interaction Studies 12 (2):233-261.
Imitation, Mind Reading, and Social Learning.Philip S. Gerrans - 2013 - Biological Theory 8 (1):20-27.
Hierarchical Learning of Song in Birds: A Case of Vocal Imitation?Dietmar Todt - 1998 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (5):702-703.
Social Learning and Teaching in Chimpanzees.Richard Moore - 2013 - Biology and Philosophy 28 (6):879-901.
Toward an Instructionally Oriented Theory of Example‐Based Learning.Alexander Renkl - 2014 - Cognitive Science 38 (1):1-37.
Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists -- In Their Own Words.Knud Illeris (ed.) - 2009 - Routledge.
Implicit Visual Learning and the Expression of Learning.Hilde Haider, Katharina Eberhardt, Alexander Kunde & Michael Rose - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (1):82-98.
The Competence of the Model and the Learning of Imitation and Non-Imitation.Milton E. Rosenbaum & Irving F. Tucker - 1962 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 63 (2):183.
Technology Enhanced Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.Itiel E. Dror - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (2):215-223.
From Education to Lifelong Learning: The Emerging Regime of Learning in the European Union.Christoph Engemann Anna Tuschling - 2006 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 38 (4):451-469.
References found in this work
Imitation Makes Us Human.Susan Blackmore - 2007 - In C. A. Pasternak (ed.), What Makes Us Human? pp. 1-16.
Framing Visual Perception in Terms of Sensorimotor Mapping.Silvano Zipoli Caiani - 2014 - The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 9.
Citations of this work
No citations found.