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random thoughts on learning

Learning how to do something and learning to understand what you are doing can be two very different things. You can learn how from rote lecture, from someone else, and it is easily forgotten. The understanding has to come from within (though others can certainly help), from experience and personal study, and can never truly be forgotten.

I like to understand what I am doing. It simplifies things so much, giving the opportunity to improve the way you do it. When I know how to do something but don't understand what I'm doing, it depresses me when I do it.

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fionna_g
Mar. 27th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I agree. I've always found it very difficult to learn/complete a task - at work, or wherever - if I don't understand the underlying mechanics of it, and how it fits in to the greater scheme of things. My son is the same way, so at parent-teacher interviews whenever I hear "Erlend doesn't show much enthusiasm for task-x" I generally respond by asking, "What is the purpose behind task-x?"

I'm guessing I wouldn't function very well in the military.
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