Cognitive Learning Styles - What is it?
By Andrew Loh
.... "In simple words, cognition means thinking" - Psychology Today
Our brain is endowed with a series of abilities that help us think
in a conscious manner. For example, working with a math problem,
deciphering moves in a chess game or understanding a complex dramatic
play is all due to the power of cognition. These activities may assume
different forms like evaluating many sensory inputs, streamlining
physical actions and reactions, thinking about others or sympathizing
with them. Cognition in humans is almost similar to the working of a
super computer where there is a furious processing of available
information. Basic thoughts within human brains are as soft as our
brains itself. However, we always think in a rational way with all
action performed in combination with our emotions, internal drives and
There are several definitions of cognition. Simply speaking, cognition is our ability to accumulate
knowledge and information about the circumstances around us. Cognition
is basic to all humans and it occurs as a mandatory brain development
right when the baby takes its birth. This basic method continues to
evolve as a system of learning for a child who could deploy the
collection of information for making decisions. Cognition is a primary
skill for a developing child.
There are different methods of
collecting information and later processing it. There are different
techniques of information collection. These could be observation,
touching, hearing, feeling, smelling or sensing. Between children,
cognitive learning is possible by recognizing, sequencing and
remembering various knowledge and events as they unfold in their
Cognition helps us to learn in a cognitive way.
There are several cognitive learning theory definitions. In simple
words, cognitive learning is the consequence of listening, watching,
feeling, thinking, touching, experiencing or recognizing. Cognitive
learning in humans is a superb system that gives us a channel of skills
and knowledge, and it makes every person a special creation of his or
her own without imitating one other. Another cognitive learning theory
definition reads as follow - it is the gaining of knowledge and skills
by using mental or cognitive processes as described above.
Cognitive learning occurs in many forms. These could be reading,
singing, working, drawing, listening, watching, feeling, touching or
even experiencing. These simple actions will lead to information
gathering, processing and later remembering for further usage. Cognitive
learning is invisible and passive. Cognition does not need any motor
movement. However, it works in a superlative way. The learner will be
very active and agile in processing the information and details
available on the spur of the movement.
Cognitive learning strategies
Humans use several cognitive learning strategies to learn. Nature teaches cognitive strategies to
them. In other words, someone must teach children to learn in a
cognitive way. To teach it, the following skills are very important:
We often confuse with the terms - concentration and paying attention. No one needs to teach how to
pay attention. It is a bodily function. It occurs in fact. In the
nature, attention could be very fickle. In other words, attention always
shifts from one object or subject to the other in a matter of few
seconds. Here is where the power of concentration usually assumes
importance. Children should be trained to stay focused on the object for
a longer duration; here, focusing one's attention is an important
guideline. When you children focus their attention for a longer
duration, then we call it as concentration.
Concentration works in two ways:
It is deliberate and acts on one's will and the action is not automatic.
Someone must teach it to children
To learn something, one needs to percept issues that surround the topic. In other words,
children should be aware of the topic under the study through one of the
human senses. Senses could be either listening or hearing. Once the
children perceive their senses, they should interpret to make a clear
Perception works in two different ways:
Children should be able to perceive and differentiate reality from falsehood.
Once they differentiate truth from falsehood, they should learn to
store the outcome in their brains.
There are several types of memories in humans. However, short and
long-term memories are very important to children. Children in school
perform better when they are proficient in short-term memory. On the
other hand, long-term memories are like knowledge chest that holds
important memory bytes for long time retrieval.
Logical thinking is a sequential, measured and
learned mental process. Consistent reasoning will help children come to
a valid and definite conclusion. Logical thinking helps children learn
math in a better way. Logical thinking can make children smarter and
To develop logical thinking, your children should:
Analyze important facts and conclusions from their brain and
arrange them in a chain-like system that eventually buttresses thinking
and learning process.
Children should also learn things and
lessons in a spatial manner that makes the learning process better
Cognition is the basic building block of learning.
Better cognition means better mental development. Better cognition is
possible in children when parents help their children streamline all
areas of thinking. Continue to read
Different Cognitive Learning Strategies - Some Tips and Suggestions.