I have been researching about learning and education theory that could explain how and why learning occurs, and that may stand the test of time and space. It sounds a very difficult task. I am still searching…..

I have learnt about Cognitivism, Connectionism, Constructivism, Social Constructivism, Situation Learning Theory and Connectivism. These theories of learning all provide logical explanation of how and why learning occurs based on the learning context, and have all form part of the formal teaching and learning pedagogy.

I am particularly convinced of Connectivism as a New Learning Theory.

Upon further examination, what I have found is that all of the above theories of learning and education are based on certain assumptions, which have been or have to be tested using experiments or research. They are valuable theories in education and learning.

Based on the assumptions of learning, I have just found by today that there could be an important theory of Learning: **The Assumption Theory of Learning.**

**In this Theory, we are making assumptions about learning from different perspectives.** From an educator’s perspective, we have made assumptions about the needs and readiness of learners, and assumed that there are best teaching and learning strategies for particular learners under particular learning context. Experiments and research have been conducted to validate the findings. From a learner’s perspective, the learners have assumed that they would be able to achieve the learning goals based on certain learning strategies, that suit their particular learning styles, and under certain learning context or ecology.

What are the assumptions made in all these learning theories?

To what extent are these assumptions valid in learning?

What assumptions of learning have you made?

What assumptions of learning could be applicable to a particular learning situation?

Who determines all these assumptions of learning?

Why have we conclude with those assumptions of learning?

How will our perception impact on learning?

Will perception affect our assumptions of learning? How?

Will critical thinking affect our assumptions of learning? How?

Would I need to validate my suggested Theory of Assumption of Learning?

I have been conducting research in our research team and I hope such assumptions of learning could emerge from the research.

Here is an extract from wikipedia about **assumption**:

An **assumption** is a proposition that is taken for granted, as if it were true based upon presupposition without preponderence of the facts.

**Assumption** may also refer to:

- In logic, natural deduction systems are defined as an
*assumption*is made in the expectation that it will be*discharged*in due course via a separate argument. - Mathematical modelling can be used to map the outcome of different assumptions on the system being modelled.
- In business planning and business plans, an
*assumption*is an assertion about some characteristic of the future that underlies the current operations or plans of an organization

**Concepts**:

- Responsibility assumption, a doctrine in the spirituality and personal growth fields holding that each individual has substantial or total responsibility for the events and circumstances that befall them in their life

I still have to formulate this Theory of Assumption of Learning in more concrete terms.

I would welcome you to join in in developing the concepts…..

John

I am the founder of the theory of assumptions

I have seen the true theory of assumption.infact,for there to be a perfect learning understanding there must be an assumptions made in other to enhance the quotient of every assumptionist thinkers.

This theory of assumption is base on assuming things around us which may be taken for granted but has a meaning

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IS POSSIBLE FOR THIS BASIC ASSUMPTION THEORY.

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Here is a post relating to questions and assumptions http://taspoly.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-back-to-basics.html

I have also found that most papers and articles were also based on assumptions, hypothesis (especially with the quantitative and scientific research approach). So can I assume that assumptions are most important in any collaborative and connective inquiry and research?

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Another excellent post about asking questions, and assumptions http://blogs.hbr.org/ashkenas/2011/08/the-art-of-asking-questions.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20harvardbusiness%20(HBR.org)&utm_content=Google%20Reader

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I would like to collect artifacts that highlight assumptions. Here is another set of videos on Complex Adaptive System Modelling http://sydney.edu.au/business/research/complexity/videos

Another post that reinforces the importance of understanding assumptions behind social media application and its impact on towers of academia http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/social-medias-slow-slog-into-the-ivory-towers-of-academia/244483/

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This post on assumption is excellent http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/tools/assumption-surfacing-and-testing and this one http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/dstools/choosing/sast.html too

Here is the Chapter on Strategic assumptions http://epress.anu.edu.au/dialogue_methods/mobile_devices/ch04s03.html

An important article about assumptions http://www.qual.auckland.ac.nz/

This post relates to assumptions about theory http://baldrigeofi.com/baldrige-theory-business-actionable/

Great summary of Learning Theories by Professor Martin Weller, well illustrated with examples. The assumptions of each pedagogy and learning theory reinforces the principles of Assumption Theory http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/view/DigitalScholar_9781849666275/chapter-ba-9781849666275-chapter-008.xml;jsessionid=543AAE770E2327FAFF05AA94554E28FE

Interesting paper on Do Sociological Theories grow? http://www.udel.edu/soc/faculty/parker/SOCI836_S08_files/wagner&berger_AJS85.pdf Will reflect on the assumptions behind each theory.

Pedagogy and Andragogy are based on assumptions http://www.infed.org/lifelonglearning/b-andra.htm

On assumptions http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=48657

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