The importance of where you learn

Most of us start our learning journeys in the home with our family. We visit a library, a museum, a town center, a leisure attraction, or a stately home with them. We watch television and go to the cinema. Then, when we reach a certain age, we go to school. After this college and, perhaps, university beckon. At some stage, we start earning a living and learning on and off the job. Throughout our lives we travel and meet new people.

How you learn and how you feel about learning will probably depend on where you are. For example, many people feel that they are a very different person at work from the one they are at home. How does this affect our readiness to learn? Clearly, for much of our lives, we have no choice about where we are learning: we are either at school, at work, or at home. Yet, we are potentially learning wherever we are.

The Campaign for Learning has gathered interesting data about the different environments where people would prefer to learn. In answer to the question "In which three of the following places do you think you personally learn most?", we received the following responses:

Source: Campaign for Learning, Attitudes to Learning, MORI poll, 1998

It is interesting that the two places in which most people learn are their own home and their workplace.

A What about you? Where do you like to learn? Does this list hold true for you? How much chance to you have to learn at work? Do you learn in different ways depending on where you are?

There is more to environment, of course, than merely place. It is also about the other people who use it.

Human beings are social animals. Some of us choose to live on our own, but the vast majority live in groups of two or more. Even those who select privacy for their domestic arrangements seek contact with other human beings throughout their lives. Not surprisingly, much of our learning is informal and social. It depends on the presence of other people.

This has been true from our earliest days, both as individuals and as a species. Babies learn from their mother, their father, and their family and friends. They watch and listen and imitate. Eventually, they hear a word, say it, say it again, and make a pattern out of the saying. Learning is an integral part of our social way

Home Work Libraries

College/university On holidays/traveling Museums

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