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What exactly is learning? There’s no simple answer…

Trying to come up with a single, all-encompassing definition of learning is a tricky business, argues Christian Bokhove. It’s better to accept learning can mean different things in different contexts

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A lot of discussion in education, especially on social media, revolves around learning. That makes sense; I think if there is one thing that I always want my students to do, then it would be a bit of learning, or, even better, “a lot” of it.

However, what exactly is learning?

A popular definition is taken from an article from 2006, which states that learning is a change in long-term memory (Kirschner, Sweller and Clark, 2006). The original article does not mention any additional references, so it’s unclear where the basis of this definition comes from.

From the perspective of the authors, ...

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