Transforming learning and the transmission of knowledge: preparing a learning society for the future

Margaret Sheil, Geoff Masters, Perry Bartlett, Phillipa Butcher, Lorraine Graham, Anthony Harradine, Lori Lockyer, Chris Sarra, Kevin Tuckwell, Robert Wood

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    Australia is at an exciting point in its history as it develops a knowledge-based learning society. Breakthroughs in our understanding of the fundamental science of learning, encompassing the scientific understanding of how our brains function, our motivations and the practice of teaching, are at a stage at which linking research and practice has the potential to transform how each one of us acquires and retains knowledge throughout our lives. The outcome of embracing this opportunity at this potent time will be a resilient and adaptive nation, prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. Example breakthroughs include understanding the influence of the brain's attention and memory forming processes on learning effectiveness. These can be influenced by personal strategies and instructional design, yielding potential for improving learning capacity. Motivational states which can be adapted also affect learning effectiveness. One such example is the motivational impact of the community and cultural value of learning. By encouraging a culture that supports the value of learning, Australia would increase individual motivation for learning, enhancing each person's capacity for attaining and retaining knowledge. Australia faces numerous challenges and opportunities that can be met through the development and support of a highly effective and inclusive learning society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherPrime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC)
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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