Barriers to Learning - Avoiding Looking Stupid! LO22066

Caroline Simard (
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:28:26 -0700

Replying to LO22034 --


This quote was great, a great lesson for us all. It illustrates how in
American corporate culture managers and scientists are supposed to look as
though they know everything. When someone of high technical or managerial
status answers "I don't know" to a question it is a surprise to everyone
else. I see this "avoidance of looking stupid" all the time in the
university setting.

However, aren't engineers and scientists in general trained to question
their own knowledge, to admit knowledge gaps and, consequently, encourage
learning? I think there is a huge gap in what science teaches us and how
we as scientists ultimately act.

What is wrong with the way we teach science? And how do we overcome this
great barrier to learning?

Caroline Simard
Ph.D. student, Stanford University

Cowan, Keith wrote:


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