Learning and Development

February 6th, 2010 by Collin Canright | Filed under Psychology.

Humans learn and develop. How fast, how much, how far, and to what end is open to individual chance and choice, but learning and development themselves are not. Humans are learning beings that develop throughout their lives. How humans as individuals and as a species understand learning and development and harness that understanding to positive ends determines the course of our evolution and the legacy we in this time leave to those in future time.

That is my basic belief on learning and education and why I have placed so much importance on learning throughout life. It’s why I continue to participate in training groups and why I decided to get a doctorate in human potential at a relatively late stage in life.

The philosophies, education and technologies, and research on human learning and development are described in the overview paper linked to this post. The paper suggests that an individual’s immediate awareness of emotional experience is a principal determinant of that individual’s ability to learn and develop, connect with other people, and feel satisfaction and meaning in life. It is also apparent to me that biological and medical research over the last 15 years is providing an empirical, scientific basis of what philosophers and psychologists have theorized about learning and development for well over the past century.

Read why in “Foundations of Learning and Development: An Overview,” one of the papers I have written for my master’s degree at the Wright Graduate Institute for the Realization of Human Potential.

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