Cognitive Development, Cognitive Enablers, Emotional Intelligence

Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, and Metacognition

Full self-awareness encompasses the abstract enablers of emotional intelligence, and metacognition. Although there is a great deal of overlap between emotional intelligence and metacognition, there are distinctive aspects that we can tease apart. The primary difference between emotional intelligence and metacognition is the direction of the focus. Cognition (thinking) and emotions are closely intertwined, but … Continue reading

Cognitive Development, Metacognition

Knowing What You Know & Knowing What You Don’t Know

This insight is the foundation of metacognition. "Knowing what you know" and "knowing what you don't know" is based on something called the "feeling of knowing". When you know (or think that you know) that you know something, there is a feeling of certainty. Studies into the feeling of knowing have found that individuals consistently … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking, Discussions, Thinking & Learning

Why Can’t I just Teach Critical Thinking?

The core abstract cognitive enabler that most academics and businesses professionals bemoan the lack of is critical thinking. So why can’t we just teach students critical thinking? Teaching students to think critically and critical thinking are not the same thing. Although thinking critically is a necessary part of critical thinking, students can learn to think … Continue reading

Critical Thinking, Other, Rational Thinking, Reason, Uncategorized

The Lethbridge consumption site: a lesson in prejudice and rumor gone awry.

Let's talk about an issue that no doubt has surfaced in many other areas around the globe but for the purpose of this article will be narrowed to a local scene, that I have witnessed first hand.  The recent opening of a safe consumption site within this city has caused quite a stir among the … Continue reading

4th Industrial Revolution, Cognitive Enablers, Metacognition, Socelor

Future of Work/Learning and Transferability

Transferability is a problem in every area of learning. One of the primary goals of any training or education is transferability. To paraphrase Bjork, we have is the need to produce and have available a mental representation of the knowledge or skill that allows for flexible access to that information in different settings. The problem … Continue reading

Cognitive Development, Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Creativity and Conformity, Lecturing, Thinking & Learning

Jean Piaget on education

This article is going to be looking at education through the theoretical lens of the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. After learning about many of the various issues that surround modern education through many hours of conversations and collaboration with a professor and now colleague, who had taught in a fashion quite similar to what is … Continue reading