Role and efficacy of hand "scribing" in learning
May 20, 2012 11:39 AM Subscribe
Is there any research either supporting or negating the importance of manual symbol making in learning? I'm thinking that manual symbol making, going back to diagrams in the earth, must be a well evolved capability, and that when we write something down all sorts of neural pathways are employed, and that those pathways and associations facilitate learning.
posted by Kevin S to Education (2 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The ruled notebook filled with lecture notes and textbook summaries have long been a staple of high school and college. Somehow, copying stuff down helped make it stick. And, even if the keyboard is ok for taking notes, it's hard to imagine learning math or physics without working through problems with pencil and paper.
Is it possible that the transition to computer based learning will be self defeating, unless such methods are specifically designed to replicate hand based symbol making? I am hoping that my curmudgeonly predisposition on this matter is incorrect.
Does anyone know of any objective research that specifically addresses this question, preferably with outcome based controlled experiments?