Learning from Experience

  • Elspeth Crawford


In creative learning, the kind of learning which is celebrated when Faraday is studied, there is a change in the personal internal world of mind. The evidence of this change is objectively available as the individual’s relation to the external world is changed and there is recognition and communication of the ideas which have emerged from the new and more creative point of view. A new vertex for thought creates both growth of ideas and qualitative change in the ways of thinking about them. There is a distinction between this kind of learning, in which the learner has changed or grown in the process of getting to know something, and that kind of learning which is simply acquiring knowledge about a topic, but which does not involve changes in the individual’s states of mind.


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