Cathrine Hasse

Posthuman learning: on educational cyborgs and robots

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This book shall explore the concept of learning from the new perspective of the posthuman. The vast majority of cognitive, behavioral and part of the constructionist learning theories operate with an autonomous individual who learn in a world of separate objects. Technology is (if mentioned at all) understood as separate from the individual learner and perceived as tools. Learning theory has in general not been acknowledging materiality in their theorizing about what learning is. A new posthuman learning theory is needed to keep up with the transformations of human learning resulting from new technological experiences. One definition of learning is that it is a relatively permanent change in behavior as the result of experience. During the first half of the twentieth century, two theoretical approaches dominated the domain of learning theory: the schools of thought commonly known as behaviorism and cognitivism. Both are today immensely important for machine learning, whereas the third and more recent school of social and situated learning theory have had much less impact on the engineering sciences. These socio-material theories move people from the center and place humans as embedded in larger aggregates - which included both other people and materiality. Even so these theories of learning has yet to embrace the concept of the posthuman.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)posthu
StateIn preparation - 2018

    Research areas

  • Posthumanism, robtics, education

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