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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 51 (Perception mechanism – March & Simon’s model part 2)

6 Dec

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

Assalamu Alaikum,

In my last e-mail we discussed the March and Simon’s perception model very briefly. Before that we had discussed the Islamic scholars description of the five elements which a human comprise and referred to many of the Qur’anic Ayah which describes the role of Qalb in the process of perception, the ayah’s also indicated that it was in human capacity to control and develop the function of Qalb. We also saw in the Qur’an’s ayahs that the faculties of sight and hearing are affected by the state of Qalb. Likewise speaking or expression too is affected as is indicated in Surah Baqarah:

وَمَثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي يَنْعِقُ بِمَا لا يَسْمَعُ إِلا دُعَاءً وَنِدَاءً صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لا يَعْقِلُونَ

The parable of those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout Like a goat-herd, to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they are void of wisdom. 002.171 (Al-Baqara)

The sealing of these faculties is also known as perception filtering. Where a person mostly hears, sees, and speaks as per his perception and the rest s/he ignores.

Please open and refer to the attached document for the figurative presentation of March and Simon’s perception model.

Explaining this model in a few words: (MARCH & SIMON MODEL)

1)     By learning through different cultural and cognitive processes a person develops a mind set or internal state (as mentioned in the figure). This internal state is the result of past learning.

2)     When an information or stimuli from the environment interacts with this internal state  it  creates new learning and an altered internal state. (Formal or informal education too is a very strong source of information or stimuli from environment).

3)     At any given time the result of this interaction will depend upon many factors like, physical and psychological condition at that time, inclinations at that particular moment, etc, etc. and many factors will be neglected or filtered. For example when a person is angry s/he may understand things or events differently. The neglected things or infos are shown as unevoked remainder—the effects which have been neglected. Whereas evoked set is side or aspect of the info which has been registered by the person and actively responds to the stimuli or info from the environment. For example in a class room environment students generally register what they take interest in or pay attention to. And if the teacher is boring sometimes nothing is registered.

4)     Depending upon what and how much has been registered, the person will accordingly react to that stimuli. At the same time this new info or stimuli will create some alterations or changes in the internal state of the person concerned, and also alter his perception accordingly. This is the effect of any new learning (educational intervention) how much big or small it may be.

5)     This is a continuous process which keeps on going through out one’s life.

6)     This also indicates that if the learning intervention is positive the result will be positive and if it is negative the result will be negative.

We can further elaborate this process if I get some questions or reinforcements from the audience.

Br. Abid.