Boundaries of Learning

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Boundaries of Learning does not mean disowning what one has acquired through the years but only involves opening oneself up to listening with an open mind and considering with a genuine intention of seeking an understanding.Once somebody else's perspectives have been registered then of course one can consider comparison between what one had learnt and what one has newly learnt.However the process of temporarily unlearning needs effort and guidance.

The reasons for this are many. All of us are, the way we are, because of a large set of contributing factors.Not the least of which are genetic factors, early learning takes place at the womb stage, the conditioning of the childhood phase, the knowledge
acquired through the boyhood phase, experiences of the youth stage and the sort of general environment one grew up in.

An awareness of these influences is the beginning of the process of reinventing oneself. With the process of unlearning begins the process of acquiring of knowledge and skill with optimal results. Effective learning however is woven around certain
paradigms.

The first and foremost amongst them is the belief that human beings can learn.This alone makes learning an active process.Active learning helps to internalise and retain learning for a far longer period.

In this the guidance factors considerably helps, as it abbreviates the experimental component suitably.After all if the wheel were to be rediscovered by everyone who was taught the concept of the wheel, human progress would be quite impossible.

However, one has to be careful here because andragogical tools have to be very different from pedagogical tools. One needs to be reminded that pedagogical tools have to do with child learning just as paediatrics has to do with child medicine.Adult
leaning requires andragocical tools just as adults require adult medicine.

The reason is essentially that of the constraints of the experience of the learner, as an adult, which moves him to check out whatever is being told to him in the frame of his earlier experience.
 
To continue however with the enumeration of pre-conditions of effective learning, it is important to select the appropriate content and sequence it scientifically. Considerations of pace of passing on information and skills in the field of capability
building are critical.This is so because habits take time to break and learning takes time internalise.The user to have confidence in using acquired skills need reassurance. It is a constant process.

I am personally of the view that learning techniques should be as varied as possible to hold the interest of the learner and make him go through a satisfying and enduring experience.The attitudinal environment of the learning process is important because reinforcement of correct behaviour is a tremendous encouragement. One could conclude by making two submissions: Before the learning process starts standards of performance should be set for the learner. Also, different levels of learning are
appropriate at different times of life cycle.The methodology must integrate not only with the content of the learning but also the temperament of the learner.

All in all, learning skill is an integral part of life skills.Any career advantage it gives should be a part of the act of meaningful living.

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