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  • noun Mathetics is the science of learning. The term was coined by John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) in his work Spicilegium didacticum, published in 1680. He understood Mathetics as the opposite of didactics, the science of teaching. Mathetics considers and uses findings of current interest from pedagogical psychology, neurophysiology and information technology.

Etymologies

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Seymour Papert, MIT mathematician, educator, and author, explains the rationale behind the term mathetics in Chapter 5 (A Word for Learning) of his book, The Children's Machine. The origin of the word, according to Papert, is not from "mathematics," but from the Greek, mathēmatikos, which means disposed to learn. This word (or one like it) should become as much part of the vocabulary about education as is the word pedagogy or instructional design.

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  • Papert has developed learning theory far beyond that, eg. his theory of mathetics as outlined in The Children's Machine, with ideas such as from my old essay Invitation to Immersion:

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  • Papert has developed learning theory far beyond that, eg. his theory of mathetics as outlined in The Children's Machine, with ideas such as from my old essay Invitation to Immersion:

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • For example, one of Papert's principles of mathetics was that "a good conversation promotes learning".

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • For example, one of Papert's principles of mathetics was that "a good conversation promotes learning".

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  • At the beginning of this version I talk about the theories of Papert (constructionism, mathetics), Siemens (connectivism), Harel & Papert (ISDP) in a theoretical way.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • In developing this course I have been influenced by the learning theories of Seymour Papert (constructionism, mathetics), the Instructional Software Design Project (Harel and Papert) and the more recent Connectivism of George Siemens.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • At the beginning of this version I talk about the theories of Papert (constructionism, mathetics), Siemens (connectivism), Harel & Papert (ISDP) in a theoretical way.

    theory enriches practice enriches theory

  • In developing this course I have been influenced by the learning theories of Seymour Papert (constructionism, mathetics), the Instructional Software Design Project (Harel and Papert) and the more recent Connectivism of George Siemens.

    teaching programming skills using game maker and blogging

  • That would seem to be from the Gracie Allen school of higher mathetics.

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  • Indeed i have met Peter Pattila whose Interactive mathetics is great to use on primary school children.

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