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Stage 2: Pattern Variables of Learning


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

Definition: 1. a  Variables that form generic factors into a hierarchy of choice patterns people use while learning. b. The second stage of learning in a Learning Efficiency Analysis Paradigm (aLEAP). c. Generic factors of learning are to learning what genes are to biological cell growth and the Periodic Table of Elements is to chemical reactions.

Stage 2 of aLEAP (A Learning Efficiency Analysis Paradigm) consists of social Pattern Variables of Learning . These patterns consist of a succession of choices that people make to learn explicitly of implicitly. This succession forms a four tier hierarchy named Orders of Learning. Pattern variables make explicit how those choices affect learning and learning efficiency.

These variables consist of principles of learning (CEKSS) plus time. Through exchanges of time and other resources to solve a problem, learners progress:

(1.) From known to unknown tasks; (2.) From easy to hard tasks; (3.) From simple to complex tasks; and (4) From minimized to generalized behavior patterns. Learners exchange for learning a range of personal resources up to a cost each learner chooses as worthy of that learning at the moment.

Permutations of these principles (variables) account for four orders (levels) of learning.

First Order of Learning consists of sensory input used by the learner.

Second Order of Learning uses the learner’s sensory input to identify and resolve a problem.

Third Order of Learning identifies socially acceptable responses to the problem.

Fourth Order of Learning establishes the social value of that response.

Pattern variables illustrate relationships among four orders of generic choices learners make to adopt new behavior patterns. It shows how one choice relates to others.

These choices form a hierarchy of control over learning efficiency. This hierarchy provides an essential part of the behavioral infrastructure of how people learn.

Teachers and others may monitor changes in the likelihood of a learner meeting a criterion for a lesson. Measuring a learner’s use of these variables permits forecasting learning of those who use Tablet and other mobile PCs in and out of schools.

Tablet and other mobile PC developers may use this frame to design software consistent with how people learn in order to increase learning efficiency.



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