ERIC Number: ED393891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Natural and Academic Learning.
Collier, Sunya; Iran-Nejad, Asghar
For centuries, there has been a raging debate over the origin of knowledge and the nature of learning. This paper describes the essence of that debate as it relates to understanding the current disjunction between natural learning and academic learning. Natural learning represents the wealth of learning that occurs outside of school, especially during the years before formal instruction begins. Academic learning is representative of a very different learning process which takes place within the formal learning environment of today's schools. In an effort to clarify the nature of the disparity between learning in these two contexts, this paper examines information processing and biofunctional educational theories. The main argument is that the prevailing assumptions about the origin of knowledge and the way it is learned are responsible for the existing gap between academic learning and natural learning. (Contains 1 figure and 36 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Biofunctional Model; Natural Learning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).