Do we tragically misunderstand learning?
We often believe that learning is about gaining knowledge through study and assessment. If you get high marks you have learned well, low marks and you have not learned much.
This belief is not surprising. It is what is taught and practiced in many families, schools and colleges. Learning is all about acquiring knowledge we are told!!
It is this unfortunate view of learning is that is churning out unemployable students in droves. This thinking leads teachers and professors to lecture students on (outdated?) knowledge that they could gain far more effectively for the price of an internet subscription.
So what is learning really about? Yes, we certainly doagree knowledge is ONE important component of learning.
Real learning is about applying knowledge in a manner that actually changes behaviour and generates action. It is about overcoming the knowing / doing gap!
What would happen if we embraced this concept of learning? What if the ineffective teaching methods of the past were scrapped? What if we encouraged curiosity, questioning, inquiry, independent thought, experimentation, innovation andlearning through practical experience? My guess is that there would be a lot more very capable, motivated, confident and happy young people out there.
My challenge to you is simple. Reflect on your concept of learning and ask yourself if it is serving you, and those near and dear to you, well? If not, you probably already know a few things you could do differently – and you will have genuinely learned from this very simple article!!