This is my first attempt writing about how I believe humans learn and these words are totally empirical and without any background on psychology and other fields.
Indeed, I hope this is a gem in the rough. It will be very interesting to read this post in the future and see how my beliefs in how we learn evolve over time during my educational training.
The following is a summary of thoughts on how I think humans learn. Learning happens at the moment when data or information becomes knowledge. That moment could be triggered by our efforts to meet a need or by an external stimuli transmitted by the senses. First, I would like to define some concepts on the diagram above and then how these concepts interrelate.
So I believe that we receive information through any of the five senses and then processed in our minds. Our mind compares the new information with previously stored information, and if needed, the new information is used to construct knowledge. Any information that is understood (relevant, needed or useful) is stored for retrieval to meet needs.
In conclusion, I believe that humans are complex beings “embedded” in continual interaction with the physical environment, culture, and society. As such, humans are continually evolving to adapt with the environment, and with the cultural, and societal demands. Our mind is continually receiving stimuli transmitted from our senses and also constructing new knowledge with previously constructed knowledge. Our unique biological composition, personality and emotions also determine our capacity to process, when and how knowledge is constructed.
I just want to share that this exercise was challenging to put in words how I learn. I look forward to clarify in my mind the learning process.