Learning about learning

If you accept the idea that learnacy is as important as numeracy and literacy, it is natural to want to find out more about learning theory.

The most obvious way of learning about learning in general is reading books or using other media to find out about the subject. Reading a book such as Power Up Your Mind is a good example, as is watching a television program about how your brain works, or using a CD-Rom to find out about learning styles. Earlier in this chapter, I explored the idea that learning is a progression from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence via conscious incompetence and conscious competence. For most people, the stage when you become consciously competent is the most important one, hence the subtitle of this part of the book. So, if you are interested in getting the best out of your mind, you will want to read about the subject generally. You have already encountered theories that could be useful to you.

In our list there are two obvious examples:

♦ distinguishing between formal and informal learning, and

♦ understanding the different roles played by people learning together.

It is a paradox of learning to learn that it is difficult to allow your interest to remain at a theoretical level. In this sense, it is quite different from learning about, say, architecture. You might learn about how medieval houses were designed but would not necessarily want to rush out and build one. Your interest remains valid without your having to move from the theoretical to the practical. With learning this is less likely to be the case. It may be that until you have experienced something, you have not really internalized it. Reading about learning to learn rather than doing it is inherently likely to be frustrating! It is likely that you will want to apply the insights you have gained to your own life.

A Pause for a moment and think about the 5Rs in your own learning life. For example, how resilient are you as a learner? Or, put another way, what do you do when the going gets tough? Do you stick with it or do you give up? Do you have strategies for working things through? What about your resourcefulness? Do you take time to reflect on what you have learned? If so, how do you do this?

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The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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