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The Structure of Learning by Beatrix Gardner, R. Allen Gardner

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CHAPTER  13

Transfer

No animal, human or nonhuman, steps twice into the same perceptual stream. A young monkey that picks a ripe mango in a tree must learn something general about ripe mangoes, because it will certainly never see that particular mango again. A young lion that stalks and kills an impala must learn something general about hunting impalas, because it will certainly never meet that particular impala again. A college course in ethology or learning, or any other subject, is valuable only to the extent that it teaches general principles that students can apply in new situations to events that are still in the future. The same is true of job experience, whether it be teaching school, building circuits, or selling shoes; the value of ...

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