Sociology of Learning

Sociology of Learning

A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

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Definition: 1. a The scientific study of the place of observable behavior and social patterns of human learning in the formation, change, and consequences of social institutions; denotes studies intended to increase the reliability and validity of precise predictions of social life. b The study of social activities of humans making choices that form observable, measurable social patterns that form social norms and values. c The systematic, objective formulation of testable generalizations/principles that describe how people change social interaction patterns through choices they make and how those choices affect social norms, values and social institutions.

2. An inductive organization and use of experimental empirical behavioral and social science research study results that describe principles of learning by humans as they interact with common symbols to solve problems; writers of literature and bards, among others, have also described these principles.

3. The observation, analysis, and reporting of repititious uniformities in patterns of social change to which people assign significance that they defend.

4. The use of experimental empirical behavioral and social science research results to describe social interaction patterns people adopt to solve problems in ways that meet social norms and values of society.

Synonyms: APPLIED SOCIOLOGY OF LEARNING features the use of principles of behavior change from a learners’ view (ALV) as social action that accelerates the amount and increases the rate of learning to meet or exceed social norms and use of social values. BEHAVIORAL SOCIOLOGY emphasizes contributions of a methodology by third parties over the choices participants make while being observed. EDUCATIONAL SOCIOLOGY addresses the operation of schools and and schooling as well as how they meet and justify social expectations. FUTURISM OF EDUCATION is to cosmology as sociology of learning is to astronomy, or astrophysics in some instances. SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION describes and analyzes especially its organizations such as schools and schooling with inferences for the structure, uses, problems, and changes in education as a social institution and its relationship with the economy, polity, and other social institutions. SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE emphasizes relationships between human thought, over human behavior, and the social context within which it arises. BEHAVIORAL AND SCHOOL THERAPIES use different vocabulary to describe their practices that rely on human learning.

Dissimilarities: BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION emphasizes the application of principles of behavior to reduce or eliminate unwanted actions of individuals. SOCIAL AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY emphasize the scientific study use of mental processes of individuals and affects of these processes on social interaction and symbols over observable behavior patterns. SOCIOLOGY OF IGNORANCE refers to potential misleading assessments of risk and to gaps that occur in knowledge including as used by practitioners.

Highlight: A place of learning in processes that maintain and change social norms, values, and institutions.

Comment: Sociology of learning is the scientific study of human learning as social activity grounded in experimental behavioral and social science research. It occurs through use of an inductive strategy starting with the identification of common processes and results in learning reported by experimental behavioral and social scientists in peer reviewed journals. This body of literature has accumulated for over a centur It has implications for practices, research, and policies intended to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning in and out of schools. These implications provide a reference for describing what and how much is possible to learn and at which costs and benefits to learners, their educators, and others. It also reduces speculation about learning and reasons when people do not learn. In addition, it reduces the use of biases in and out of schools for categorizing people according to the amounts and types of their learning.