Recipe for success how children learn

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  • How and why do humans learn new things? Why are we stronger in some skills than others? At what age do we learn most quickly, and how can we improve our learning capacity? This program studies the knowledge-building process that typically occurs in childhood by observing 25 six-year-olds as they adapt to the challenges of their surroundings. Focusing on seven key areas in which learning takes place-musical ability, logic, emotional understanding, creativity, narrative skill, spatial reasoning, and physical dexterity-the program studies the varied strengths of several children as well as the learning difficulties many struggle to overcome. Environmental and parental influences, as well as the role of self-motivation, are evaluated.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 08, 2008.
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  • Skills that Contribute to Success (2:31) -- Musical Activity (3:09) -- Role of Motivation in Learning New Skills (3:55) -- What Makes People Motivated? (3:21) -- Tests of Logic (3:30) -- Chronic Learning Problems (3:11) -- Parents' Confidence About Learning (4:22) -- Recognition of Other People's Emotions (3:10) -- Creativity and Adaptability (2:39) -- Memory Improvement Through Story-Telling (3:51) -- Spatial Awareness: Imagine, Visualize, and Remember (4:20) -- Importance of Concentration (4:28) -- Synesthesia: Linked Sensory Experiences (4:09) -- Learning with the Senses (3:16) -- Easiest Learning Stages: Teens and Twenties (2:37) -- Tests of Physical Ability and Visualization (2:07)
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