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The connection between doing and learning

By Steve Draper,   Department of Psychology,   University of Glasgow.

"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand."
Variously attributed to: Aristotle; Confucius; Benjamin Franklin; Native american proverb; Chinese proverb; Voltaire; Association For Experiential Education.

A Chinese Proverb on Education as interpreted by Ochiai, El-Ichiro (1993) "Ideas of equality and ratio: Mathematical basics for chemistry and the fallacy of unitary conversion" Journal of Chemical Education vol.70, no.1 p.44-46

Doing and learning: activism
L-principle (public/private)
My MinMan chapter
Primary schools and busy work
What kind of activity? mental? varied? ...

Chemistry: not 2 but 3 kinds here?

So what is the deep principle here?
a) Deep learning and multiple types of link?
b) Specially public/private concept names <-> personal perceptual stuff
c) Mental (re)processing: not just one task but several

Deeper view: LBE vs. narrative

Surgery: see one, do one, teach one.
Confucius is the Latin form of K'ung-Fu-tze. Lived 550BC - 478BC or 551-479BC in /near Shantung: a contemporary of Buddha, 100 years before Plato. According to the library, actually said (after translation) "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." I.e. commenting on thinking, seeing, trial and error; but not on being lectured.

Is said to have said -- but I haven't been able to find any reputable source for this and it isn't in the translations of Confucius in our library -- "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I'll remember, I do and I ... ".

This at least shows that people have noticed and commented on a connection between doing and learning for a very long time. However we still don't have a clear summary or analysis of the connection.

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