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What is Learning

Definitions of Learning

There is no single accepted definition of learning, since it depends on one's point of view or a learning paradigm. Most commonly accepted learning paradigms suggest learning is:

  • a visible change in one's behavior which can be measured1)
  • the active process of acquisition (including insight, information processing, memory, perception) of new knowledge and developing adequate mental constructions2)
  • a natural desire of human beings, a mean of self-actualization and developing personal potentials3)
  • an active, socially enhanced process of knowledge construction based on one's own subjective interpretation of the objective reality4)
  • the process of connecting to information sources containing actionable knowledge and maintaining those connections5)

Some other definitions of learning we found useful are listed here:

  • acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information.6)
  • the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something: the activity of someone who learns.7)
  • all relatively permanent changes in potential for behavior that result from experience but are not due to fatigue, maturation, drugs, injury, or disease.8)
  • a relatively permanent change in mental associations due to experience.9)
what_is_learning.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/30 16:19 by jpetrovic