A “new” perspective on learning

Jansnet
Jansnet
Aug 27, 2017 · 2 min read
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Hello world :)

My first post here. So excited!! :)

What did I learn from the following, great video about learning?
Which impact did it have on me and my behavior?

In an older blog post a view years ago…

gosh I have to find that post again… :D

…I already wrote about the gap between attitude and behavior but I never linked it directly to learning. So let’s do that a bit.

Attitude could be the same as informations you combined to knowledge. You know it, but does this effect your behavior?

An example: if someone asks you, “how important is it to safe our planet and stop global warming?” Most people say something like: “Very! We should all be concerned and take action.”

Than you switch the focus on their shopping basket and you see plastic bags, plastic bottles and a key for a RAM 3500.

So attitude / values are not equal behavior. Behavior is a lot more complex and depends on a lot of variables in our environment. We are in big parts a product of our environment. It’s a forth-back, interactional based relationship.

Behavior could be “defined”, regarding learning, as the ability to use / apply this knowledge in your actual life in different contexts.

My thesis is:

Learning is the transfer of theoretical knowledge into actual actions and new habits

So learning is a lot about the competence to transfer knowledge into actions.

Leo of actualized.org calls it LEARNING = BEHAVIOR CHANGE

Only if your behavior changes after you learned something, you really learned something. Easy, or?

As I recognized, it’s totally not. I consider myself as a “learning didactics expert”, but I found out that a lot of the times, even if I speak from transfer competence in learning etc., I still think more in terms of knowledge transfer which is actually not “real” learning if you take learning = behavior change serious.

So I would like to encourage you and myself to ask yourself these 4 Questions (3 of the video + 1 I added) every time you recognize that you are in a “learning situation”. This can be a training, a webinar, reading an article,…

  1. What did I learn?

But don’t forget that to develop new behaviors is not an easy task. It can take a while of continually, repeatedly usage, with doing mistakes, until you formed new, automated habits.
Which should benefit you and your environment.

Happy Sunday :)

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