Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

pp 2611-2615

Phenomenology of Learning

  • Wendelin KüpersAffiliated withSchool of Management, Massey University (Albany Campus) Email author 

Synonyms

Embodied learning; Experiential learning; Phenomenological​ approach to learning

Definition

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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