I have been working on a scientific paper for 2 years now, but I just can’t seem to finish it. Not because it is such a difficult thing to write, but because… well I have been very busy lately getting my PhD, writing books and teaching. Still I wanted to share the basic idea behind my paper and invite people to the discussion as if I’m correct most classic theories on education are maybe fundamentally flawed and this flaw could explain the gap between science and practice often felt in education.
Ok, big gasp. What?
Let me first introduce you to the Homo Economicus or the economic man. Wikipedia defines this as
the concept in many economic theories portraying humans as consistently rational and narrowly self-interested agents who usually pursue their subjectively-defined ends optimally.
But are most people consistently rational and narrowly self-interested? Researchers such as Kahneman, Tversky and Thaler…
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