The Process of Learning Essay

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The Process of Learning

Long before we are institutionalized, regimented and equipped with number two pencils and colored neat-books; we learn by falling into mud puddles and catching tadpoles. We find grass is green and sprouts between our toes and tickles the bottom of our feet with whispered softness. We sport kool-aid mustaches and know the purple kind is the best. We catch butterflies and learn their wings are as soft as the petals of the most exquisite flower. We learned through interaction using all our senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing and by experimenting. Though we had authority figures in our life that took care of our physical needs and stimulated our learning; we were basically free to explore and learn by watching.
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We learn if you are late, you won't get a ride or the concept of consequences for actions.

As we grow older, we trade information in other subgroups that improve our ability to learn. Service groups allow us to put what we learn into action. They allows us to examine the relationship between practice, theory and statistics.

The teacher can be a mentor, an authority figure, a guide or a reality censor where we can test the validity of information we absorb. Tutors can reinforce what the teacher is teaching using interaction similar to that used by cross-functional teams in many of the nation's businesses. Cross-functional teams combine the talents of individuals, interacting as equals to diagnose problems and find solutions. In the cross-functional team, a great deal of learning takes place as people from different departments share information held within their departments. Team members draw on their differences of information, backgrounds and combine abilites to learn the effects of problems and why they occur.

Curiously, the first part of learning is confrontation, where practices of the members own department are questioned and often have to be defended. As a result of a confrontation, a team member first becomes aware of a problem and how his department appears to be contributing to it. He goes back to his department to find out why the difficulty is occurring; he learns about
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