Keep growing with your own experience

A good article. Most of our “learning” occurs when we “experience.” Much more so than what we read or listen to lectures. However, to actually “learn” from what we experience is rather difficult. As the article puts it, “most of us are not good at “wringing meaning.” We often don’t learn from experiences because we’re not even truly in our experiences.” Was it Otto von Bismarck who said something like “The fool learns from what he experiences; but the wise does so from history.” He’s got a good point.

There are plenty of hints that we can use to get the most of our experience, but the most important one is probably “setting learning goals in what we experience.” They key is attention. As cognitive science tells us, It directs what we see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and comprehend. It turns mercury into gold.

よい教育的記事ですね。我々の日常での学習は体験を通じたものがその多くを占めますが、実は体験から学習することは結構難しい。これが、昨日も引用したようにビスマルクが、自分の体験から学ぶものは愚かで、人類全体の体験としての歴史から学ばなければいけない、と言ったわけでもあります。

とはいえ、多くの時間を体験学習に費やしている我々ので、その質を向上させるのは必須です。その秘訣が書いてあります。最も大事なのは、普通に体験しているときでも、今ここで自分が何を学ぼうとしているのかというゴールをセットするということでしょうね。attentionが変わるので認知全体の方向性が変わりますから。

( https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_make_sure_you_keep_growing_and_learning )

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