Settling on a definition of learning.

We have scoured the learning sector and industry for a definition of learning and here it is
Learning
1. The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
2. Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
3. Psychology. Behavioural modification especially through experience or conditioning.

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Principles of Learning
Our workplaces are potentially wonderful learning environments and on occasion they are in fact researchers have estimated that our work environment is responsible for about 75% of our total learning. But we also know the reverse is often true. We will look at 3 things: What factors influence learning?, Main blockages to learning in organisations,Ideas on effective learning behaviours.

Action learning
he concept of Action learning sometimes known as “learning while doing” was developed by Professor Reginald Revans.With Action Learning you start with a problem or issue and in the process of tackling it the participants experience learning which may not have been anticipated but it is often more profound than the learning which is predetermined.

Learning Log
A learning log allows you to systemise your learning and give it more focused attention. It can be completed after the fact after a particular learning opportunityand may be part of an individual development plan. It can allow managers to review their learning from different paints of view and so helps them integrate their activities and additional learning needs.

Selected Learning Quotes
Please find a range of selected quotes about learning. Come back often we change these learning quotes regularly. So lets start with some classic quotes about learning:

Reflective Learning
For most of us we have the opportunity to learn all of the time. Reflective learning comes easily to some of us. Without much effort we are often putting 2 and 2 together as we draw conclusions and make new neural connections.Unfortunately this is often a hit or miss affair, sometimes we learn and sometimes we don't and sometimes we are not fully aware or clear on what we may actually be learning.


Definition of Learning
My personal favourite is Learning a change in behaviour as a result of experience

The human brain has evolved and adapted to:
Interact effectively with a complex and changing environment.

Solve “real” problems it perceives in that environment.

Abstract patterns from the complexity in that environment.

Modify itself so that it functions more effectively in that environment.

Focuses on that which it finds personally relevant or interesting


Fundamentally we are all wired to learn

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adult learning styles

Other definitions of learning

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. ~Attributed to Harry S. Truman

So learning is not just about knowledge

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond
Learning is about focused attention

Very act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. ~Thomas Szasz

Learning can be difficult if it impacts on our self-esteem

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. ~Chinese Proverb

The best time to learn is always now

In the words of Albert Einstein, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

Learning is about creating new thinking

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Learn about how to use reflective learning to accelerate your career

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