Malcolm Knowles posited that resonance – new learning relating to what they already know – helped adults to assimilate new learning. But resonance can get in the way of us changing our beliefs, as we discount information that does not support what we already know. Recent research finds that students assimilate less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also distract those around them. “The lecturer’s words flowed right to the students’ typing fingers without stopping in their brains for substantive processing.”
Is it time to give up our laptops in work meetings too?
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