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Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

One of the reasons, at TKG, we are willing to give time for students to process rather than force them to stick to the ‘task’ is because reflecting draws the learning out of students rather than them being dependent on us feeding it to them.  It is designed to benefit the creative thinking skills of the student not serve the instant gratification needs of the adults.  This article supports our value of nurturing flexible thinking and how the practice of creative problem solving gets killed as we “grow up”:

Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they “totally get” apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.UC Berkeley Campus Life/YouTubeResearchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work.

Psychologist Alison Gopnik led the study along with her colleague Christopher Lucas from the University of Edinburgh. They wanted to find out what goes on in children’s brains that allows them to learn so much so quickly.  READ about what they learned at NPR…

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