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It is a half-truth largely because it turns out that one teaches readiness or provides opportunities for its nurture, one does not simply wait for it. Jerome Bruner He also had little time for psychoanalytic theories with their emphasis on inner drives and the unconscious. He was interested in the social and cultural influences, the task or activity, and the interactions between people. Two types of knowledge were identified in Bruner’s work: factual knowledge and procedural knowledge, in other words, the what and the how of any activity.

Many of his ideas were disapproved of by the Soviet regime in which he lived, for he challenged popular notions of the time about human development. His major work Thought and Language, first published in 1934, was suppressed by the Soviet government until 1956. He rejected the theory that humans were born with fixed, biological capacities and simply learnt as 37 a result of being ‘fed’ information from others. Instead, he highlighted the political and cultural influences with which the individual interacted throughout their development.

Children and many adults would struggle to put the many complex aspects into words and to describe it exactly. The second is iconic representation, which is all about visual memory and visualization. People vary in the degree to which they can create and use mental pictures. The simple idea of individual learning styles suggests that people have different ways of learning, and this includes some being visual learners. Although learning style theories have been criticized as being far too simplistic, there’s no doubt that some people do find learning through visual presentation, such as tables and diagrams, alongside verbal information, tremendously helpful.

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