Passive ignorance, active ignorance, and why students don’t learn

By Gordon Rugg

Why don’t students learn?

It looks like a simple question, which ought to have a simple answer. In reality, understanding why students don’t learn takes us into concepts such as passive ignorance, active ignorance, systems theory, belief systems, naïve physics and cognitive biases. In this article, I’ll skim through some key concepts, to set the scene for a series of later articles that go into more depth about those concepts and about their implications both for education and for other fields.

bannerBucket image copyleft Hyde & Rugg, 2014; other images from Wikimedia (details at the end of this article)


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