2020 Day 4: 28th May Presentation

The role of Cognitive Flexibility in STEM Education

Better By Design

This literature review stitches together the perfect harmony between the laws of nature and laws of the human mind in order to have a healthy and flexible mind capable of deep learning and application of knowledge.

Jean Piaget, a developmental psychologist, coined the term ‘Constructivism’ meaning the human mind constructs a beautiful web of information based on what is selectively absorbed from the environment. This information web called the ‘schema’ is natural to all humans regardless of culture, economic background and gender. All our interactions with the world and our meaning-making is based on our schema.

Likewise, the world around us, particularly nature operates on a set of patterns and principles. Be it hidden patterns of mathematics in nature or man-made inventions which again draw back to biomimicry, there’s a unifying theme amongst all functionality we experience in the world.

This literature review brings out the essence of the Aristotle’s Laws of thought as a solution to enhance our schema, design experiences and enhance curricula for children to grow cognitive flexibility in the STEM fields through observation and grow the potential of inculcating an ‘innovator worldview’ in children from a very young age through simple yet powerful techniques.