The Learning Collection

Phil Von Heydebreck
19 Dec 2019

Learning is the most fundamental of skills. It is required for acquiring knowledge and developing all other skills. Learning is also the driver of personal and societal change. For individuals, lifelong learning is the key not only to ensuring continued employability but also to personal well-being and self-fulfillment. For broader society, learning is an important factor in finding solutions to our most intractable challenges. The modern world is unprecedented in its rapid economic, technological and social change. Formal schooling can no longer provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and competence to remain relevant and competitive for a lifetime. To keep up, people need to become lifelong learners.

Unfortunately, most people have never learned how to learn effectively. Learning science has identified strategies that can significantly improve an individual’s ability to learn. Most people are either unaware of these strategies or mistakenly think that their ineffective strategies actually work.

The Learning Collection takes a close look at various aspects of learning, beginning with an exploration of the drivers making learning more important than ever. A major focus is reviewing the latest findings of the science of learning and the strategies that have proven most effective at improving learning outcomes. The collection currently has three streams:

  1. Lifelong Learning — Why Everyone Needs a Learning Habit
  2. The Learning Mindset Fostering Motivation, Curiosity and a Growth Mindset
  3. Learning Strategies — Applying the Insights from Learning Science in Everyday Life

Coming soon-ish: Work has also begun on streams exploring learning theories and cognition.

Lifelong Learning — Why Everyone Needs a Learning Habit

Learning is an increasingly important skill for individuals and the societies they live in. This stream explores the drivers that are making learning essential for everyone. The modern world is unprecedented in its rapid economic, technological and social change. Formal schooling can no longer provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and competence to remain relevant and competitive for a lifetime. In today’s changing world, learning needs to be a lifelong habit.

The Learning Mindset — Fostering Motivation, Curiosity and a Growth Mindset

The ability to learn effectively and achieve great things depends to no small degree on a person’s beliefs and mindset. A fixed mindset or a belief that talent is innate can impede learning. With a growth mindset, individuals believe that they can improve their knowledge and skills through effort. This belief opens the door for curiosity and intrinsic motivation. These, in turn, energize the learning process and propel individuals to great achievements.

Learning Strategies — Applying the Insights from Learning Science in Everyday Life

We are in the midst of an extraordinary outpouring of scientific work concerning the mind and brain. Academics from several disciplines are attempting to discover how and why certain aspects of learning may lead to a more or less favorable result. Learning science has identified strategies that can significantly improve an individual’s ability to learn. Most people, however, continue to use ineffective strategies. Few people are aware of the new insights regarding learning strategies.

This stream identifies the most effective learning strategies and explores how they can be applied to everyday learning.

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