Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Cybernetic Principles of Learning

  • Joy Murray
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_829

Synonyms

Definition

The cybernetic principles of learning are drawn from the implications of applying to learning the insights into the behavior of living systems provided by the study of cybernetics. Cybernetics is underpinned by the notion of circularity and feedback between a system and its environment. Maturana and Varela ( 1987) say that both a living system and an environment are structurally determined and therefore, through recurrent interactions and feedback, both will change congruently according to their structure as they interact, each contributing to the creation of the world by living in it. This process they call  co-ontogenic structural drift. The change that occurs through this process they call learning. Rather than knowledge being something static that is taken in from the outside by the senses and stored somewhere, it is a process of knowingthat results from...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia