- Explain and predict observations
- Advance a research discipline
- Prepare for future needs changed by technologies and cultural advancements
I also think a learning theory should do three things:
- Make learning fun, playful, and fulfilling instead of procedural, strenuous and dreary.
- Change the stories we tell about learning in ways that heals the damage from formal schooling and restores the curiosity, motivation and creativity for life long learning.
- Give learners permission to find their unique passions, discover their own learning style and gain confidence in those exploratory heuristics that flow most easily for them.
Metaphors nurture creativity because they are not accurate. They are open to different interpretations and amplifications. In the process of wondering about a metaphor, wonderful possibilities come to mind for some troubling problem, obstacle or stalemate.Theories work great when we want to be right. Metaphors work better when we want to be effective.