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Aligning the quantum perspective of learning to instructional design: Exploring the seven definitive questions

  • Katherine Joyce Janzen Athabasca University
  • Beth Perry Athabasca University
  • Margaret Edwards Athabasca University
Keywords: Learning, Quantum Learning, Quantum State, Quantum Leap, Quantum Dimension, Quantum Memory Channels, Memory, Instructional Design, Photovoice, Artistic Pedagogical Technologies

Abstract

TThis paper builds upon a foundational paper (under review) which explores the rudiments of the quantum perspective of learning. The quantum perspective of learning uses the principles of exchange theory or borrowed theory from the field of quantum holism pioneered by quantum physicist David Bohm (1971, 1973) to understand learning in a new way. Bohm proposes that everything exists as wholes, rather than as parts, and that everything is connected. Similarly, the quantum perspective of learning proposes that individuals learn in holistic ways as they interact with temporal and in infinitely extending virtual worlds. Further, according to the quantum perspective of learning, learners have infinite potential. In this paper, the quantum perspective of learning is examined utilizing a combination of Schunk’s (1991) and Ertmer and Newby’s (1993) definitive questions for aligning learning theory with instructional design. These seven definitive questions focus on how learning happens, influential factors in learning, the role of memory, transfer of knowledge, modalities of learning that can best explain the quantum  perspective of learning, applicable assumptions, and a discussion of how instruction can be organized to optimize learning. Examples of strategies that facilitate the quantum perspective of learning are provided.

Author Biographies

Katherine Joyce Janzen, Athabasca University

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Mount Royal University

Research Assistant, Athabasca University

Beth Perry, Athabasca University

Associate Professor, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines

Margaret Edwards, Athabasca University
Professor and Associate Dean, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Faculty of Health Disciplines
Published
2011-11-25
How to Cite
Janzen, K. J., Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2011). Aligning the quantum perspective of learning to instructional design: Exploring the seven definitive questions. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(7), 56-73. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v12i7.1038