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What are the Best Arguments Against Doing the Real Thing? | Scott H Young

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Real activities on real projects, real work, or real results are more effective than substitution or preparation work.

Some examples include:

  • Advancing your career by doing projects at work outside your current abilities.

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Discovery learning doesn't work that well

Discovery learning is the idea of not giving any instructions - simply present the problem to the pupil and let them figure it out for themselves.

But, discovery learning is less efficient than telling people what they ought to do and then letting them do i...

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Cognitive load makes problem solving inefficient

Cognitive load theory states that problem-solving is often not enough. We need to keep the details of our goal in our working memory, adding extra load that can interfere with schema acquisition.

  • Students can solve problems faster when they are told how to solve the problem

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Deliberate practice require more than doing your job

Deliberate practise and doing the real thing address different problems.

  • Deliberate practise: World-class performers get good by focused, and intensive practise sessions with the intention to improve, not by just doing the skill.

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Theories are useful, but invisible

Direct practise cannot be a substitute for studying theory. Doing the real thing should be combined with studying theory.

If you keep getting stuck on a problem, practising more is unlikely to solve the problem. But exposing yourself to the broader theory b...

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  • When choosing an approach to learning, there is a trade-off between cost and convenience, and doing the real thing.
  • Ill-defined goals can make it harder to improve your practice. Dabbling may be useful to gauge your interest in a subject.
  • Credentials may be necessary to signa...

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