Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Final Thoughts on Human Cognition and Instruction
Today was the final class in Human Cognition and Instruction, taught by Dr. K. I knew my final grade last week, and final evaluations were handed in at the end of session today.
It was the best class I have had at UNL, and Dr. K is the best instructor I have had in any graduate class, ever.
While I only published my notes for the first half of class or so, in just those weeks we discussed
- behavioralism, cognition, and social cognition, in a lecture which gave me new thoughts on fingertip-feeling
- lecture and recall, a subject with obvious implications for 5GW in particular and meaningful violence generally
- levels of processing, giving me new thoughts on Orientation and framing
- forgetting and representing, an action-pact that foreshadowed major themes of the class.
- note taking strategies, which are valuable for understanding human struggle, an interactive lecture with erratic notes
Dr. K invented the SOAR Cognition Loop. Developed independently of Boyd's OODA loop, it is best thought of a OODA in a classroom setting. However, it's not just a "special case" of OODA like Special Relativity is a "special case" of general relativity -- rather, it is symbolic framework for mechanically modeling thought that, when combined with the triz creativity system, provides a breathtaking view of human cognition.
My biggest regret this semester, as far as this blog is concerned, is not doing the material in this class justice. In a sense, the tdaxp blog is just my public attempt to properly understand Dr. Barnett, Col. Boyd, and Col. Hammes. I have to add Dr K to that list. This was a first step.
In a recent post, Dr. Barnett asked, "We can either do or we can teach, now which is it going to be?" Dr. K does both. Superbly.
Glad you liked your foray into Ed.psychland ;o)
Do you have a graph or diagram link of the SOAR loop handy ?
Posted by: mark safranski | Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Edpysch was wonderful. I am taking at least one more class (on creativity) in the field next semester, and hopefully I can make it a real emphasis of my work at UNL. It overlaps very nicely with what I want to study.
I will try to get more information up on SOAR. It is well worth it. I hope I can do it justice.
Dr. Kiewra's text (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131135627/qid=1133381606/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-4292267-8637755?n=507846&s=books&v=glance) is available, but describing SOAR as a study strategy is like describing OODA as a nifty tool for fighter pilots. Both are equally generalizable.
SOAR was central to everything done in class.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, November 30, 2005