What is Learning?

Learning sometimes is difficult to define. In a traditional opinion, learning is just to simulate and practice. We need to observe others’ actions and start to take actions like them. If you practice may times, you finally master it. Although we can achieve something, it is costly in time, especially we could not find any evidence for inside feelings and ideas. Therefore, I want to say leaning is not only including simulation and practice, but also should include reflection and perseverance.

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2 Responses to What is Learning?

  1. Ashish says:

    Given that I am an educator (a PhD student in the engineering education department), let me provide here the definition of learning from three different learning frameworks. In the behaviorist framework, learning is the acquisition of those stimulus-response pairs through reinforcement of the desired response by associating rewards with that response. In the cognitive framework, learning is the creation of mental models or concepts in the learner’s long term memory. In the situative framework, learning is seen as participation in a community of practice and understanding the affordances and constraints of the social practices and tools of that community.

  2. akin01 says:

    I think what you didn’t make clear in your post is the type of learning you are talking about. What is learned by observation is different from what is learned by some classroom activity therefore they need different internalization methods. A one-semester class should not be so difficult as to take 10 years to internalize but the focus of a Phd degree usually lasts a lifetime of observation, perseverance, reflection and review. So I agree that learning is a complex word to describe which is why the word itself has to be viewed contextually to understand the type of learning being talked about.

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