Using Information Theory to Develop Modern Educational Methodologies

Juan Carlos Olabe, Xabier Basogain, and Miguel Ángel Olabe
International Journal of Learning and Teaching
Publishing city and/or Editorial:
Hong Kong, China
6, No. 4, December 2020
Initial page - Ending page:
202 - 207
ISSN: 2377-2891(Print); 2377-2905(Online)
doi: 10.18178/ijlt.6.4.202-207

Abstract— The field of research in educational methodologies has been offering during the last decade a series of innovative and promising new initiatives. These initiatives have tried to apply to the educational environment the fruits of current psychology research. Ideas such as student motivation, gaming, multiple intelligences, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, makerspaces, and others, abound in the field of educational methodologies. These new initiatives are evaluated with traditional procedures grouped under the umbrella of the scientific method. This paper first discusses the limitations of these evaluations. Second, it describes learning and teaching as a computational process. Finally, it proposes the use of principles of Information Theory as the foundation for the design of modern educational methodologies.

Index Terms— Education, Methodologies, Learning and Teaching, Information Theory, Computation and Cognition.

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