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Deep Learning in a Disorienting World

Deep Learning in a Disorienting World

  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108727150


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  • Much has been written about the escalating intolerance of worldviews other than one's own. Reasoned arguments based on facts and data seem to have little impact in our increasingly post-truth culture dominated by social media, fake news, tribalism, and identity politics. Recent advances in the study of human cognition, however, offer insights on how to counter these troubling social trends. In this book, psychologist Jon Wergin calls upon recent research in learning theory, social psychology, politics, and the arts to show how a deep learning mindset can be developed in both oneself and others. Deep learning is an acceptance that our understanding of the world around us is only temporary and is subject to constant scrutiny. Someone who is committed to learning deeply does not simply react to experiences, but engages fully with that experience, knowing that the inevitable disquietude is what leads to efficacy in the world.

    • A model of a deep learning mindset is presented
    • Explains why deep learning is both so necessary and so difficult in today's world
    • Introduces the concept of “constructive disorientation” as a necessary step towards a deep learning mindset
    • Shows the numerous ways in which constructive disorientation can be achieved, including mindfulness, critical reflection, politics, and the arts
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108727150
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Why Deep Learning is So Important… and So Hard
    2. How We Learn: A Short Primer
    3. Mindful Learning
    4. Constructive Disorientation
    5. Critical Reflection
    6. The Importance of Others
    7. The Influence of Politics on Deep Learning
    8. Constructive Disorientation Through the Arts
    9. The Art of Maintaining Essential Tensions
    10. Cultivating a Deep Learning Mindset

  • Author

    Jon F. Wergin, Antioch University, Ohio
    Jon F. Wergin is Professor of Education Studies at Antioch University's Graduate School of Leadership and Change, USA. He is also an educational psychologist with a professional background spanning nearly 50 years.

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