Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Howe et al.: Innate talents

Training quality and learning goals: Towards effective learning for all

Rosemary J. Stevenson a1
a1 Human Communication Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England, United Kingdom


Howe, Davidson & Sloboda's focus on learning has important implications because the amount and quality of training are relevant to all learners, not just those acquiring exceptional abilities. In this commentary, I discuss learning goals as an indicator of learning quality, and suggest that all learners can be guided towards more effective learning by shifting their learning goals.