Thursday, May 8, 2014

LearningAsExperience

One of the interesting things about human intelligence is the role of experience.  John Dewey wrote about experiential learning extensively (in the early 1900's) and current research bears it out.

No doubt, we can learn a lot of stuff by reading. We also learn a lot by hearing and by watching.  And, with the internet, we are most blessed to have the collective knowledge of the world in our pockets and at our fingertips.

Yet, real and lasting learning comes from DOING, from experiencing.  Deep understanding of a concept or skill rarely occurs without interacting with that content in some experiential way.  It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about cooking, welding, mathematics, matrimony, or transcendental meditation.  If we really want to learn something deeply, then we must engage with it on an experiential level.  

In fact, the deepest and best learning (regardless of genre/discipline) is accomplished through engaging with the content on all levels - intellectually, physically, and emotionally.

What do you REALLY want to learn about today?  Experience it!

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