What Is Learning?

Learning is very difficult to define. It is the matter of our minds, and includes thinking, becoming aware, imagining, seeing, hearing, hoping, remembering, abstracting, planning, and problem solving (Malone, 1991). Learning is deep in our species, emerging from our desire to take in new information by actively exploring new territory. Learning is a physical phenomenon, occurring in the sensory systems, as energy from light waves and vibrations in the air is converted into electrical impulses that can be interpreted by the nervous system; and in the brain where neurons send out neurotransmitters and forge networks of connections; and in the body where motor patterns are encoded for actions. Learning is also embedded in the world via life experiences, social interactions, and community membership. Because learning occurs at so many levels simultaneously, developmental science (which encompasses the disciplines of developmental psychology, cognitive and linguistic science, developmental psychobiology, and developmental neuroscience) does not privilege any level of analysis over any other (Thelen & Smith, 1996).


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 Understanding How Young Children Learn
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Ostroff, Wendy L. (August 2012), Understanding How Young Children Learn, ASCD, Retrieved on 2016-05-30
Folksonomies: education learning