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The power of mindful learning

Author: Ellen J Langer
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1997.
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In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense. Such familiar notions as delayed gratification, "the basics", or even "right answers", are all incapacitating myths which Langer explodes one by one. She replaces them with her
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Langer, Ellen J., 1947-
Power of mindful learning.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, c1997
(OCoLC)755244497
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen J Langer
ISBN: 0201488396 9780201488395
OCLC Number: 35566245
Notes: "Merloyd Lawrence book."
Description: xii, 167 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: When practice makes imperfect: Overlearned skills --
Whose basics? --
Value of doubt --
Sideways learning --
Can a text teach mindfully? --
Creative distraction: --
Puzzle of "attention" --
Enhancing novelty --
Soft vigilance --
Rethinking attention deficit hyperactivity disorder --
Myth of delayed gratification: All work and no play --
Turning play into work --
Turning work into play --
100 what? or the hazards of rote memory: Locking up information --
Keeping information available --
Drawing distinctions --
New look at forgetting: Staying in the present --
Dangers of mindless memory --
Absentminded versus other minded: --
Does memory decline? --
Alternative views of memory and aging --
Illusion of right answers: Hobbled by outcomes --
Actor/observer and other perspectives --
Uncertainty and creative thought --
When right becomes wrong --
Learning as re-imagining the worked - Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Ellen J. Langer.

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In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense. Such familiar notions as delayed gratification, "the basics", or even "right answers", are all incapacitating myths which Langer explodes one by one. She replaces them with her concept of mindful or conditional learning which she.

demonstrates, with fascinating examples from her research, to be extraordinarily effective. Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of context and of the ever-changing nature of information. Learning without this awareness, as Langer shows convincingly, has severely limited uses and often sets one up for failure.

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