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International Human Resource Development, 3rd Edition by John P Wilson

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03

What is learning?

JOHN P WILSON

Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. (CONFUCIUS, 551–479 BC)

Learning outcomes

When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • understand some of the main components of behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, social learning, humanism and neurology;
  • understand the main similarities and differences between these areas;
  • choose a learning approach that is suitable for the learners and the context;
  • recognize that the main theories of learning apply to most adult and child learners;
  • relate these theories to other relevant chapters in the book.

Introduction

The word ‘learning’ is in such common usage that it might be assumed that its meaning is clearly ...

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