Conceptual fundamentals for a theoretical and empirical framework of positive learning

Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Susanne Schmidt, Dimitri Molerov, Richard J. Shavelson, David Berliner

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We present a short overview of the idea, genesis and developing process of PLATO (Positive Learning in the Age of InformaTiOn) as a new, complex, international, interdisciplinary program aimed at investigating the phenomena of positive and negative learning in the digital age. While the basic idea of PLATO originated in empirical educational research, many other very different disciplines have consequently been incorporated into this program, in order to expand learning research and to offer a comprehensive and multi-perspective explanation of learning in 21st century higher education. We draw upon and critically discuss previous research, highlighting implications for developing a theoretical and empirical framework for the new program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPositive Learning in the Age of Information
Subtitle of host publicationA Blessing or a Curse?
PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783658195670
ISBN (Print)9783658195663
StatePublished - Dec 15 2017


  • Digital age
  • Higher education
  • Holistic model
  • Information
  • Learning outcomes
  • Negative learning
  • Positive learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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