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Weinberger suggests that ‘everything is miscellaneous’ – and there is much to agree with in his world view. But one of the biggest puzzles to me is why so many blogs are just collections or quotes of other people’s views/pictures/videos? Are blogs also just miscellany at heart? Does it matter? Is miscellany just another word for trivial?

Well, moving swiftly on, I’m currently enjoying reading some straight down the line cognitive science in the form of papers on discourse analysis informing the development of embodied pedagogical agents. A rumour doing the rounds is that the Institute might be ‘advised’ to focus its research in educational technology on adults only. There is research in the Institute which quite properly focuses on adult learners. It is called, variously, student learning, academic practice, studies in higher education. But technology is a cross-cutting theme – much of the best research in educational technology began in the classroom (e.g. Papert, Pea, Heppell to mention but a few) and much of the theorising that our field uses, similarly, began with children (Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner). Coming from the cognitive sciences, there are times that I would argue that much adult learning is a recapitulation of the developmental process observed in children. And most of the work on intelligent tutoring systems has been undertaken with young people, like the papers I am reading at the moment (e.g. Graesser 2005).

And so is this yet another blog that just consists of a miscellaneous collection of other people’s views loosely knitted together with some trivia of my own? Dang!

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