Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Phenomenology of Learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1888



Phenomenology of Learning

Phenomenologically, learning is not only happening out of experience, but realizes itself as an experience as a life-worldly event. Through experiential processes, learning creates differences in the learner in relation to the situated environment in which learning takes place and which are embedded in more comprehensive social, cultural and systemic contexts. Basically, learning can be characterized as an ability to revise existing patterns of feeling, thinking, and acting while intentionally accommodating changes and developing new competencies and orientations. For this, processes of learning cannot merely be reduced to distinct knowledge of contents or outcomes of learning, but comprise and alter the entire learning situation. Accordingly, learning can be defined as an embodied, emotional, cognitive and responsive, individual and/or collective...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementMassey University (Albany Campus)AucklandNew Zealand