Cognitive Bias and the Educational System Analytical Essay by Nicky

Examines a possible bias in the educational system toward cognitive psychology.
# 145387 | 1,772 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2010 in Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Theory)

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This paper examines how a bias in regards to cognitive psychology as it is applied in the educational forum has evolved and continues to influence the way learning is presented in the classroom. In particular, the study focuses on a study by Charles Bailey that contends that society is being dumbed down, which inhibits and discourages learning and critical thinking. The paper further defines cognitive bias according to Bailey's model, which the paper views as a sound approach to educational problems. The works of other educational psychologists are listed and analyzed in the paper as well. Despite the negative aspects of cognitive bias in the classroom, the paper also cites its benefits, such as it can potentially assist children in their social skills and behavior problems, provide a more entrepreneurial community, and prevent errors in judgments based on empirical evidence. The paper concludes by stating that that there will always be a cognitive bias in educational settings, but if it is addressed then the inherent problems will be minimized.

From the Paper:

"Bailey's study seems to link the dumbing down of society with the cognitive evolution that allows us to recognize the fact that we are subject to such a process in the first place. If this is true, then the educational system implementing cognitive psychological aspects are, in fact, only hurrying the process. Bailey espouses a solution to the problem by providing 'cognitive accuracy'. According to Bailey, cognitive accuracy provides a yardstick for "accurate and rational thought and behavior" (Bailey, pg. 280). This paper asserts that perhaps the very act of attempting to accurately access a cognitive accuracy provides additional motivation (especially in the classroom) to dismiss attempts to learning unless it is defined by cognitive psychology."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, C.E.; (2006) A general theory of psychological relativity and cognitive evolution, Etc., Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 278 - 289
  • Besharov, G.; (2004) Second-best considerations in correcting cognitive biases, Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 71, No. 1, pp. 12 - 20
  • Han, S.S.; Catron, T.; Weiss, B.; Marciel, K.K.; (2005) A teacher-consultation approach to social skills training for pre-kindergarten children: Treatment model and short-term outcome effects, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 681 - 693
  • Kayluga, S.; (2007) Expertise reversal effect and its implications for learner-tailored instruction, Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 19, pp. 509 - 539
  • Kayluga, S.; (2007) Enhancing instructional efficiency of interactive e-learning environments: A cognitive load perspective, Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 19, pp. 387 - 399

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