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Unlearning before learning

Posted on: November 24, 2020

This SciShow video should be compulsory viewing for teacher education or faculty preparation.


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Creating cognitive dissonance is a strategy for unlocking opportunities for learning. Why? You cannot learn if you do not first unlearn misconceptions, bad habits, or harmful beliefs.

It is just as important to recognise barriers to learning as it is to know what strategies to employ. This video identified at least three barriers to cognitive dissonance:

  1. Rationalising one’s behaviour
  2. Selecting exposure (information bubbles)
  3. Ignoring the facts

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