As you have read this week, cognitivism is a theory that addresses the mind’s contribution to how we learn. The cognitive revolution (although considered by some as an overly stated fact) is suggested to have been a response to the behaviorist movement that rejected introspection (anti-mentalism), and controversially lead to, what some consider, a dissolvement of the behaviorist movement. Consider the following questions about cognitivism and discuss each, basing your posture on this week’s readings, your past experiences, and your past knowledge. • Why is it suggested that cognitivists disagree with the behaviorist view that learning only occurs if there is an outward manifestation? What other notable differences do these two theories suggest? • Do you agree with the cognitivist view that learning is a change in one’s schemata? (Support with citations.) • How have your personal schemata changed throughout your life? (Could be about learning, but also about other domains such as love, honesty, hard work, loyalty, etc.) • List an example of a schema that has changed, in your own knowledge development. involving the field of psychology. • Based on cognitivism, what implications does it suggest is a potential concern for effectively processing information when cognitive load is not effectually considered? o Do you recall a time where learning was difficult because there were too many components all at once? What strategy(ies) did you use to work through this situation?
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