Explaining learning: From analysis to paralysis to hippocampus

Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 (5):667–687 (2005)

This paper seeks to explain learning by examining five theories of learning—conceptual analysis, behavioural, constructivist, computational and connectionist. The first two are found wanting and rejected. Piaget's constructivist theory offers a general explanatory framework but fails to provide an adequate account of the empirical mechanisms of learning. Two theories from cognitive science offering rival explanations of learning are finally considered; it is argued that the brain is not like a computer so the computational model is rejected in favour of a neurally‐based connectionist model of learning.
Keywords cognitive science  neurophilosophy  connectionism  learning
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2005.00150.x
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