Every human interprets, remembers and incorporates learning content differently. This affects how we learn, and whether and to what extent we engage in the learning. What a person learns takes on greater relevance only when it is combined and integrated with other learning. Learners also need goals, quality feedback, a variety of learning strategies at their fingertips, and a learning climate that’s conducive to self-direction.
These skills can be grouped under seven learning principles that bridge learning theory with practice. The principles apply to any discipline, culture or experience level:
- Peoples’ prior knowledge affects their learning.
- The way humans organize knowledge in their minds helps them retrieve and apply it.
- Peoples’ motivation generates, directs and sustains what they do to learn.
- One acquires mastery by learning skills, practicing them and using them.
- “Goal-directed practice,” combined with specific feedback, is critical to learning.
- “The social, emotional, and intellectual climate” one learns in intertwines with learners’ progress.
- People become self-directed learners by learning how to assess an assignment, design a study plan and reflect on their work.
Learn *cough* more here:
How Learning WorksJossey-Bass Inc. Publishers
Having said that, let’s get back to our second question: Why are there actually seven and not five principles listed in this (and so many other instructive books and their titles)? Because.