How people make choices and how people learn

By William Seidman I recently had a discussion with a colleague about how people learn best. He favors letting people explore, with minimal structure and a lot of choice. It’s a permissive parenting and teaching style which may work with some people, some of the time. But our experience has shown us that people often don’t have the ability to choose, especially between two reasonably good options. Lack of knowledge scares them. New situations scare them. Fear of the unknown can be powerful inhibitor. Most people, when learning something new, really benefit from and like to have a good role model. Positive deviants are the best role models.]]>

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