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Nicholas Lukowiak

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How do you learn? What is your learning behavior like? *This is an idea I been working on for a while, tell me what you think*

The three major ways in which receive and respond to information are artistic, mechanical, and academic. Each person learns differently according to mixtures, series and different combinations in which they perform within these three ways of learning, consider this your learning behavior. People with a natural ability in certain combinations of these three will strive in different categories of skills and/or a mastery. Examples: Artistic/mechanical/academic = designer, academic/artistic/mechanical = accountant, mechanical/academic/artistic = doctor. Now these solutions are not restricted to those professions merely good results.

Artistic thinking (Creativity) + Academic thinking/ability (Logic/Memory) + Mechanic ability (Interactive Understandings) = How humans learn.

Mechanical is an ability/skill that enhances both academic and artistic. People can be extremely great at mechanic learning and can repeat those taught lessons easier than others and/or perform said lessons/actions with less practice. No question academic and artistic ability can enhance mechanics also. The other two I can explain further but I had to cut text.

Understanding your own personal learning behavior allows you to understand what you need to strive in the field you are interested in! If you are academic first in learning behavior you can excel in science and math with ease, therefore you can read and memorize what you need to excel. If you are an artistic person first, you are going to need a personal mentor for one on one interactions to progress in science and math. If you are mechanic, it depends on your secondary behavior; Mechanic/academic = laboratory learning, physical experiments, and personal experiences. Mechanical/artistic = similar to mechanic/academic except more visual than "hands on" work. Truly though if your learning personality has academic as being third, science and math will prove difficult to master.

What do you consider your learning behavior to be?

Mine = Art/A/M

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    May 31 2011: I would be academic/ artistic/ mechanical

    I was the first woman to take a skilled trade at GM Canada long before I had any degrees. I learned a lot there about the reality of great unacknowledged genius. There was a man there who had no formal education who had immigrated to Canada as a young guy. He worked for 40 years in that factory by the time I met him. That man could look at anything and recreate it. He could work with tools in a way that was inspired. He learned just by figuring it out and doing it. Another man there made me an airplane out of a penny that I still have somewhere.

    The point of what might appear to be my ramblings is that genius is everywhere but not always valued. In academia I might run circles around these people based on my learning style but I never once fooled myself to think I was smarter in any way that mattered.

    I love to listen to people talk and then to ask questions. That works well in academic settings for graduating first in class or writing papers with a new synthesis of thought. But another example frommy time at GM comes to mind. In the latter stages of my apprenticeship I spent time in the engineerind department. I was given a task to solve a problem that was a political hot potato in the organization. Being young, the first woman, and pretty naive i found the solution. I bypassed all the people who were supposed to be the experts and I went down to the guys who actually faced the problem and asked them how to solve it. Of course they were the only experts!

    So my best techniques for learning are; asking the people who know and respect for the people who know.
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    May 31 2011: I would take a neuro-behavioral (psychological) approach to this... (which puts me in the Academic compartment, right?)
    - there is a lot of literature to dig into -

    It entails:
    - Long term potentiation (of neurons) and Hebb's law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebbian_theory)
    - Learning paired to the sensory type (visual, auditory, olfactory, taste, touch,... ) and synesthesia
    - Conditioning (clasic, operant,...) and further learning psychology...
    - Short term and long term memory
    - automation of behavior (through chunking for example)
    - active and passive learning
    - movement learning (Thouh I don't know what current theories on that one are)

    Anyway, you touched a difficult field, and I think your classification is a nice one, like many other classifications are nice too... as for a sound theory of learning, I think it is way too intuitive and has probably not much predictive value (though neither has the big 5 test nor the MBTI)

    My learning is often visuo-mathematical... except when I learn music, then it is more auditive and mechanical...
    and all learning is neuronal ;-)
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      May 31 2011: Thanks for the recommendations. I already know a lot about cognitive educations and how emotions affect/effect our learning. This isn't what I am getting at with this, 2000 characters sucks... By understanding your learning personality... you can know how to learn throughout your life most effectively.

      Indeed this idea of learning behavior is not complex, but I tried to make it that way. Not many people even understand what what cognitive science is!

      MY curriculum would be artistic building (critical thought skills building/creativity) for ages 4 - 7 (To add the start of a second language). Then for 7 to 13 would be an education more academic where students are taught well rounded math, science, world history, world religion, art (verbal/non-verbal), same second language (until mastered), humanities, nutrition, and psychology. Age 4 to 13 need to be as open as possible for thoughts and information. That way by the time 13 - 18 section of learning comes around they can handle the Democratic education to the fullest capability to know what they want to learn and how they want to learn.

      By teaching babies how to think, as they age they can absorb information better, and by the time their minds are in the phase of developing the rest of our human drives involving hormones. They will be better suited to make decisions that will be based on bettering themselves and not completely being a reflection of environment. Most kids today are unoriginal thinkers because their environments, education systems, and entertainments are not challenging reality and these kids can't do that on their own because they were never equip for it.

      The learning personality is for any age; someone who wants to go back to school to learn science should know their learning personality. Because if your weakest way of learning is academic, you will not do well or you will struggle. But if that is your hearts desire anyways you will still be more prepared to know what kind of edu to look for
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    May 31 2011: You may want to look into the work of Salman Khan at KhanAcademy.org. He uses the "intuitive" style of teaching in his lessons. What he does is that he takes one particular topic like "entropy" in his example, talk to his former professors (MIT) and understand the subject until he can explain it "intuitively" in his lessons. You might have caught his talk with Bill Gates here at TED.
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      May 31 2011: I am familiar with KhanAcademy.org they are on the democratic learning system. You look for what you want, what interest you, and what is fun for you. This is a better when reflected off of an already decent-good foundational education. All kids are not academic, some kids need to learn with experiments, with videos, with art, with music, and even just getting dirty doing the work.

      Democratic education is great! However if kids had a better foundation of knowledge, democratic education would be even better.

      My point here with this thread is to understand personal learning behaviors to continue on in education with the knowledge of how you learn best.
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    May 31 2011: what you mean by interavtive understanding ?
    i learn best when i understand clearly why before i learn something.i learn thru asking questions and share with other people and then come up with a new understading . logic and creativity -surely important of any learning process.
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      May 31 2011: When you think of mechanical learning simply think of a mechanic..

      IF a mechanic never knew any name of the parts but knew where they all fit together by watching and performing, that mechanic can still fix the car without any creative thought and some memorizing.

      Interactive learning is like dissecting a frog, "hands on" education.

      The way you learn best is artistic/academic/mechanical then. You like to learn information then craft it into your actuality than you project it onto others for feedback of considered information. This is how Aristotle did his learning and teaching. His students were more like people for him to argue with over a thought to figure out how well he should consider it.
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    May 31 2011: I think I can learn best when I'm deeply motivated (feel empowered, that single minded determination that drives you to learn something that is of deep interest to you). A lot of students are also driven to learn intensely by set goals and dreams or inspiration from other people. Once we are deeply interested, then it's easier for us to discover the best ways we can absorb information.

    In a teacher-student relationship one of the principle that I'm always reminded of is "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care". When the teacher looks at the student and affirm this student as a person of great worth (conscious human being), of great intellect and of good will then it is easier for the teacher to guide and let the student aspire to his or her greatest potential.
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      May 31 2011: The education you are talking about is an open-ended education system, something like democratic education.

      I am trying to dictate how we all learn/absorb information.

      I agree with everything you say, it just is not related to my idea though.

      I am only covering the way we learn, not what contributes to learning. Positive emotions are always needed to keep education beneficial, exciting, and inspiring. I argue that punishment is anti-education efforts also, therefore most cases of punishment lead to learning disorders.

      *Understanding your own personal learning behavior allows you to understand what you need to strive in the field you are interested in!*

      This is one of my central claims of why this would be of value, I can attribute many more values like lesson plan structures, curriculums, group work, and how to boost positive emotions in education.

      So everything you consider to be valid and useful can benefit from this idea of three central ways of learning.