The issue of complexity, as applied to the way we gather information and learn, is a hallmark of this information age. The sheer amount of data, in addition to the increasingly technological way in which the data are delivered, have had profound effects on the ways in which we process information and, hopefully, learn. In this cutting edge volume, Wayne Reeves, a professor as well as consultant to Sun Microsystems, provides an overview of the field of complexity (including chaos theory, information literacy, and Knowledge Management Tools) and presents a working framework to help guide further research. Aimed particularly at researchers, professors, and students in the areas of cognitive science and library//information sc

Learner as Perceiver

Learner as perceiver

In 1888 Emile Bernard, whose ideas would seriously influence … the whole of modern art, decided that the painter should not paint things but the idea of a thing…. If you paint from memory instead of from objects, … you can rid yourself of the useless complication of shapes and shades. All you will get is a schematic presentation: all lines back to their geometric architecture, all shades back to the primary colors…. In search of simplification, it is necessary to seek the origins of everything, in pure color, and in geometry which provided the typical form of all objective forms.

—E. Weber

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The LCD focus of this chapter is on issues of perception for learners. This chapter includes discussions ...

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