Monday, May 7, 2012

On learning to learn


In a previous blog post we proposed as a definition of learning: “The improvement of one's whole person so that capacity for effective action is increased” If this definition is accepted, then learning to learn means becoming more effective in learning, according to that definition. By the way, similar definitions can be used for teams, organizations, countries or societies; but let's not introduce that complexity now...


Sunday, April 29, 2012

On learning and who should judge it


Schools are about a thing called "learning", and school reform movements try to increase this thing. But learning itself is never defined; it is suposed to be understood what Learning is, though actually it is as difficult to define as Time or Quality. Just try

First of all, learning as "increasing one's knowledge" doesn't do, because it leads us to define knowledge: equally difficult. I like Chilean philosopher Rafael Echeverria's definition:  learning is "Increasing one's capacity for effective action". [1]