Friday, 28 January 2011

What is learning, a process or an outcome

In response to a question, "What is learning, a process or an outcome", I got this response, copied verbatim, from one of my ex secondary school students. Made me proud that she would give such a thoughtful response.

Hi Peter,
Kelly D***** commented on your post.
Kelly wrote "well, the fact uve used the word 'learning' surely means that we're speaking in present tense which would signify that ure still within the process. if we've 'learnt/learned' something, then that to me would show an end result of some sort which could be seen as an outcome. that said, we have learned all sorts throughout our lives but i dont believe that means that we're not still able to learn something new about these same subjects or matters. u learn to drive, obtain ur licence as proof that u have a sufficient amount of knowledge about driving but each day u can learn something new about the art of operating a car...even many years down the line. i think if u think u know all there is to know on any one particular subject, uve closed ur mind to learning more and personally, i think there's always more therefore, in answer to ur question, after all of the above lol, a 'process' would probably be the best way to describe what it is to learn."

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