Positive Learning in the Age of Information

A Blessing or a Curse?

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
  • Gabriel Wittum
  • Andreas Dengel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Gabriel Wittum, Andreas Dengel
    Pages 1-6
  3. Theoretical Fundamentals of Positive Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Howard Gardner
      Pages 9-21
    3. Stephen M. Kosslyn
      Pages 23-27
    4. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Susanne Schmidt, Dimitri Molerov, Richard J. Shavelson, David Berliner
      Pages 29-50
  4. Learning as an Interplay between Neuronal, Cognitive and Information Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Arne Nagels, Spencer D. Kelly, Tilo Kircher, Benjamin Straube
      Pages 53-66
    3. Gabriel Wittum, Robert Jabs, Michael Hoffer, Arne Nägel, Walter Bisang, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
      Pages 109-126
    4. Alexander Mehler, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Wahed Hemati, Dimitri Molerov, Andy Lücking, Susanne Schmidt
      Pages 145-193
  5. Learning as Interaction and Communication Processes in Formal and Informal Learning Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Marcus Maurer, Oliver Quiring, Christian Schemer
      Pages 197-208
    3. Aileen Oeberst, Jort de Vreeze, Ulrike Cress
      Pages 209-219
    4. Sam Wineburg, Joel Breakstone, Sarah McGrew, Teresa Ortega
      Pages 221-228
    5. Daniel Koretz
      Pages 229-234
    6. Oliver Meyer, Margarete Imhof, Do Coyle, Mita Banerjee
      Pages 235-265
    7. Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Sascha Hofmann, Jean Nitzke
      Pages 267-280
  6. Learning with Ethics and Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Wanja Wiese
      Pages 295-314
    3. Christian Dormann, Eva Demerouti, Arnold Bakker
      Pages 315-346
    4. Gerhard Minnameier
      Pages 347-361
  7. Learning with Information and Communication Technology: Impact and Risk Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Shoya Ishimaru, Syed Saqib Bukhari, Carina Heisel, Nicolas Großmann, Pascal Klein, Jochen Kuhn et al.
      Pages 387-398
    3. Miloš Kravčík, Carsten Ullrich, Christoph Igel
      Pages 399-412
    4. Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
      Pages 413-421
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 423-429

About this book


While information and communication technology has a vast influence on our lives, little is understood about its effects on the way we learn. In the Age of Information, students – consciously or not – are learning in diverse formal and informal environments from a broad variety of sources, with scientific knowledge competing against unfounded assertions, and misinformation and biased data spreading through social and mass media. The Positive Learning in the Age of Information (PLATO) program illustrated by the contributions in this book unites outstanding and highly innovative expertise on the fundamentals of information processing and human learning to investigate a new paradigm of positive learning as a vital, morally and ethically oriented approach, which is of existential importance to maintaining the civilization standards of a modern society in the digital age.


Theoretical fundamentals of positive learning • Learning as an interplay between neuronal, cognitive and information structures • Learning as interaction and communication processes in formal and informal learning environments • Learning with ethics and morality • Learning with information and communication technology – impact and risk evaluation.

Target Groups

Researchers and students interested in the fundamentals of learning, from diverse disciplinary backgrounds as well as all stakeholders of public and higher education policy and practice.

The editors

Prof. Dr. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia is Chair of Business and Economics Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Wittum is Head of the Goethe Center for Scientific Computing (G-CSC) at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Dengel is Chair of Knowledge-Based Systems at University of Kaiserslautern and Head of the Research Department Smart Data & Knowledge Services at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany.


Educational science Human Learning Information and digital age Information processing Artificial intelligence Philosophy and neuroethics Cognitive science and neuroscience

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    • 1
  • Gabriel Wittum
    • 2
  • Andreas Dengel
    • 3
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für WirtschaftspädagogikJohannes Gutenberg-University MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Goethe-UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.German Research Center for Artificial IntelligenceKaiserslauternGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-19566-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-19567-0
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