What is learner: Definition and 21 Discussions

Learning is the process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, attitudes, and preferences. The ability to learn is possessed by humans, animals, and some machines; there is also evidence for some kind of learning in certain plants. Some learning is immediate, induced by a single event (e.g. being burned by a hot stove), but much skill and knowledge accumulate from repeated experiences. The changes induced by learning often last a lifetime, and it is hard to distinguish learned material that seems to be "lost" from that which cannot be retrieved.Human learning starts at birth (it might even start before in terms of an embryo's need for both interaction with, and freedom within its environment within the womb.) and continues until death as a consequence of ongoing interactions between people and their environment. The nature and processes involved in learning are studied in many established fields (including educational psychology, neuropsychology, experimental psychology, cognitive sciences, and pedagogy), as well as emerging fields of knowledge (e.g. with a shared interest in the topic of learning from safety events such as incidents/accidents, or in collaborative learning health systems). Research in such fields has led to the identification of various sorts of learning. For example, learning may occur as a result of habituation, or classical conditioning, operant conditioning or as a result of more complex activities such as play, seen only in relatively intelligent animals. Learning may occur consciously or without conscious awareness. Learning that an aversive event cannot be avoided or escaped may result in a condition called learned helplessness. There is evidence for human behavioral learning prenatally, in which habituation has been observed as early as 32 weeks into gestation, indicating that the central nervous system is sufficiently developed and primed for learning and memory to occur very early on in development.The play has been approached by several theorists as a form of learning. Children experiment with the world, learn the rules, and learn to interact through play. Lev Vygotsky agrees that play is pivotal for children's development, since they make meaning of their environment through playing educational games. For Vygotsky, however, play is the first form of learning language and communication, and the stage where a child begins to understand rules and symbols. This has led to a view that learning in organisms is always related to semiosis, and is often associated with representational systems/activity.

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  1. shivajikobardan

    What are some pieces of advice for a struggling programming learner?

    TL;DR Summary: advices for struggling programming learner I had access to world's best resources to learn books, tutorials, blogs, youtube, udemy etc. I had access to forums like this to get help and support but still this was tough for me.People say do projects to learn but I really don't...
  2. ZapperZ

    Schools Becoming A Successful Online Learner

    I wrote these tips for my students, which I gathered from many different sources, and which I learned a lot from the online instructor workshops that I took over the summer. So I'll share these tips here since many of you students (or "learners", which is the term these online workshops tend to...
  3. docnet

    This forum is great for the learner. What's in it for the mentors?

    I was wondering why "learned" people who have degrees in physics, mathematics, and other fields of science take the time to answer stranger's questions on the internet? This is a straightforward question. Do the mentors truly enjoy answering questions on the forum?
  4. F

    How can I learn physics as a kinesthitics learner?

    Summary: need advice Not to take up too much time but my purpose is to see some advice for my journey in the rules to the universe. BTW I'm a freshman in high school and a lot of the kids in the physics club say "You should read Feynman's lectures on physics to start" even though people say...
  5. L

    (CompTIA Linux+ certifications) How to become more of a detail-oriented learner

    Hi, My question is how to improve my detail-oriented learning style. I admit that I struggle to learn through books as opposed to online courses or hands on. The company that I currently work for agreed to pay for my CompTIA certifications to help me transfer into the tech department. I don't...
  6. S

    MHB Java- How to allow access to a different GUI menu for Learner and Admin

    I am trying to get two different menus to show up depending on whether the User is a learner or an admin. However, I'm having some difficulty with the program and the execution. I would appreciate any help or suggestions. I don't know how to access a user to figure out if it's a learner or an...
  7. M

    Best Algebra TextBook For Self Learner?

    Hi there, I have been searching multiple websites and forums but have not found a cohesive answer to my queries. I am currently going through this textbook to learn pre-algebra: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0618250034/?tag=pfamazon01-20 Also, is this a good book to be studying as an autodidact...
  8. J

    How to train to become a faster learner

    I'm somewhat of a slow learner. I am fine if I can spend a lot of time with something, but I can never solve a problem quickly on the spot or remember things the first time they are told to me. Do you guys have any suggestions on how I can train myself to become a faster learner?
  9. CrunchBerries

    Classical Mechanics Book for self learner?

    I am planning on doing physics as I go through calc2/3/ODE/PDE. I bought University Physics and the Resnick/Jearl Physics book, and frankly I want something a bit higher level.. more like Kleppner/Kolenkow. I was thinking about getting the K&K book, but some people are suggesting Morin...
  10. Weightofananvil

    Studying math and physics as a predominantly visual learner

    Hey, I'm in my first year of Electrical Engineering studies and finding a lot of common places in my studying and ways of approaching things that may be leaving me short. I really enjoy my circuit analysis class, I love learning the concepts, formulas and visualizing how they work in my head...
  11. visuality

    Programs Should i major in physics (struggling visual learner)?

    Hi I'm new here! I've always loved math and have been really good at figuring out how to solve word problems logically and figuring out math in general. When my teachers explain how to do problems i get confused/can't follow what they're saying but its usually fine because i can just figure it...
  12. marcus

    Friedman for the lay learner

    Cosmology is ultimately based on "the law of gravity(geometry)" i.e. the 1915 GR equation whose lefthand side is CURVATURE quantities and whose righthand is MATTER-type terms. Cosmology uses a 1923 simplified version of GR equation called Friedman equation. Friedman can be simpler because it...
  13. A

    Need to learn physics as self learner

    Greetings. I'm a 22 year old economics student on my final year. I'm a small business owner. (something about the job market in my country Indonesia). so you could imagine I don't have much time on the day, both for now or foreseeable future. thing is, I've always been amazed by nature...
  14. C

    Completely new to Mathematics - I am an anxious learner

    Hello all, A brief history is that as a child (I'm only 26 now) I had performed poorly at Mathematics and it wrecked my confidence. I had no interest in long division, basic algebra etc and focused elsewhere because I never viewed it as a means to an end. Suffice to say I suffered a bit of Math...
  15. Z

    Learner what is resistance value here.

    hello people, in this circuit the voltage be 50 millivolts and R2 is 5 gigaohms how much should be R1 and R3 so that my output current is 10 picoAmps. R2 is load here. regards, zakki.
  16. H

    Ask for Books recommend to new G.R. learner

    I really want to learn about G.R. but I don't know how to study. So I hope someone would recommend books to me for the study basic G.R. (Do I need to master electromagnetic/static/dynamic, because I am really bad at it)
  17. K

    Slow Learner? Struggling to Learn Physics Concepts

    It takes me really long to learn new concepts in Physics. I don't know why but I have this feeling of utter discomfort when I first learn a new concept. To be perfectly comfortable with a concept, i literally spend hours thinking about it in the back of my mind, trying to gain a deeper...
  18. P

    Best part of physics for a spacial/visual thinker & learner?

    I am a highly visual person and have always been. I love physics but seem to have been stumped. I stopped my education because of the math. I finally realized that I don't understand the math. I was finishing up calc III and didn't understand it. Granted, I could do the math. But, I didn't...
  19. M

    Gaining Geometry Knowledge: A Guide to Books for the New Learner

    So I decided to buy the book The Elements because i couldn't pass the offer up(for $10, can you believe that?) and there is a few things in there that I can't understand, so could anyone recommend some easier more basic geometry books that I could learn from to give me the basis for what i need...
  20. W

    Am I a Slow Learner? Understanding Math Concepts in College

    I ask this because I find myself to require allot of time and thinking before I am fully comfortable with a mathematical concept. There's always this feeling of discomfort towards a new concept that I have to vanquish by thinking about it for hours and hours. It's not that I can't apply the...
  21. J

    Visual-Spatial Learners: Picture Thinking Process

    Im a visual spatial learner, a picture thinking process u can call it... My brain has been wired to pick up certain information in which a picture can be created in my mind, i say a picture, but a better explanation would be to say that a short movie clip is created and runs inside my mind...