“LEARNING”…… What It Entails
An important yet difficult question to answer is, how do we know if someone has actually learnt? Sounds like an easy question right? but trying to quantify learning is a difficult task- particularly when improvements are small and specific. Nevertheless, the answers to this might just rest on consistency, stability, persistence and adaptability. We cannot but agree that these answers come with a number of branches that make up what learning really involves- the characteristics.
Learning is the process by which one acquires, ingests, and stores information. The main characteristic of learning that (is); it is a process of obtaining knowledge to change human behavior through interaction, practice, and experience.
Our experiences with learned information compose our bodies of knowledge. Learning is a process unique to each individual. Some learn quickly, mastering the skill(s) seemingly effortless, while some stumble during the processing of information, taking longer to grasp concepts.
All learning involves activities. These activities involve either physical or mental activity. They may be simple mental activities or complex, involving various muscles, bones, etc. So also the mental activities may be very simple involving one or two activities of mind or complex which involve higher mental activities.
Learning Requires Interaction. At the time of learning, the individual is constantly interacting with, influencing and is being influenced by the environment. This experience makes him change or modify his behavior to deal effectively with it.
Learning is a Lifelong Process. Learning is a lifelong process of gaining and using the information presented to a person. It is not static. A person never stops acquiring new information. It keeps a person’s mind active and aware but also conscious of the world around them.
Learning Occurs Randomly Throughout Life. From new experiences, gaining information and from our perceptions, like reading a newspaper or watching a news broadcast, talking with a friend or colleague, chance meetings, and unexpected experiences
Learning Involves Problems Solving. Understanding and discovering relations between different contents in a situation.
Learning is the Process of Acquiring Information. Learning is the process of acquiring information, knowledge, wisdom, and skills. It occurs as a result of intebgvraction with the person’s environment.
Learning Involves far more than Thinking. Learning involves far more than thinking: it involves the whole personality – senses, feelings, intuition, beliefs, values, and will.
If you do not have the will to learn, we cannot learn and if we have learned, we are changed in some way. If the learning makes no difference it can have very little significance.
Finally, Experience is Necessary for Learning. Experience, they say is the best teacher, some sort of experience is necessary for learning. We can get experiences from direct observation or from formal approaches to learning such as training, mentoring, coaching and teaching.
Learning is more or less the acquisition of a new discourse, a new way of speaking, acting, interacting, looking at the world, and knowing it. It is a continuous process followed by an individual that allows for the acquisition of information.
Look at this, If we compare the simple ways in which a child feels and behaves, with the complex modes of adult behavior, his skills, habits, thoughts, sentiments and the like, we will know what difference learning has made to the individual… Think about it!!!