Attraction Theory: Revisiting How We Learn

Evan Ortlieb


Instead of teaching curriculum, it is time that pedagogs teach children with instructional techniques in accordance with how the human brain functions.  This theoretical discussion provides a  strong footing for structural and systemic educational change. Though reflecting on cognitive functionality has been central to the field of cognitive psychology/science, it has not led towards improvements in daily curricular practices. This paper attempts to connect how learning occurs with curricular policy and practice.


Attraction theory; Learning; Teaching; Policy; Practice

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