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Learner-Centered Design
A Cognitive View of Managing Complexity in Product, Information, and Envirommental Design


September 1999 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The issue of complexity, as applied to the way we gather information and learn, is a hallmark of this information age. The sheer amount of data, in addition to the increasingly technological way in which the data are delivered, have had profound effects on the ways in which we process information and, hopefully, learn. In this interesting and cutting edge volume, Wayne Reeves, a professor as well as consultant to Sun Microsystems, provides an overview of the field of complexity (including chaos theory, information literacy, and Knowledge Management Tools) and presents a working framework to help guide further research. Aimed particularly at researchers, professors, and students in the areas of cognitive science and library/information sciences, the book looks at a wide variety of tools that are being used to help create knowledge: indexes, abstracts, hypertext info retrieval systems and the like and evaluates their ability to help researchers gain understanding about their topics – and how that impacts on problem solving and decision making.

 
Preface
Consumers and Complexity

 
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF COMPLEXITY
 
The Nature and Origins of Cognitive Complexity
 
Evaluating Cognitive Complexity
 
PART TWO: MANAGING COMPLEXITY
 
Learner as Perceiver
 
Learner as Model Builder
 
Learner as Categorizer
 
Learner as Searcher
 
Learner as Expert
 
Learner as Student
 
Tools for Learner-Centered Design

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