Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning [NOOK Book]

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As interest grows in theories of lifelong learning not only across society but also as an area of serious academic study, the need has arisen for a thorough and critical study of the phenomenon. This distillation of the work of renowned writer Peter Jarvis addresses this need, looking at the processes involved in human learning from birth to old age and moving the field on from previous unsystematic and mainly psychological studies. Instead, ...

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Overview

As interest grows in theories of lifelong learning not only across society but also as an area of serious academic study, the need has arisen for a thorough and critical study of the phenomenon. This distillation of the work of renowned writer Peter Jarvis addresses this need, looking at the processes involved in human learning from birth to old age and moving the field on from previous unsystematic and mainly psychological studies. Instead, Jarvis argues that learning is existential, and so its study must be complex and interdisciplinary.


The result is a giant step towards building a complete and integrated theory of how humans learn, taking account of existing theories to see if they can be reconciled with a more complex model. Applying his expert analytical approach to this wide-ranging topic, Jarvis looks in detail at:




  • learning in the social context

  • the transformation of experience

  • the outcomes of learning

  • learning and action

  • cognitive theories

  • emotions and learning

  • experiential learning.
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'It is easy to see how Jarvis’s views are heady and stimulating intellectual fodder for workshops, and certainly learners must feel empowered by being treated as the ultimate and privileged sources of knowledge about learning. Jarvis is intellectually eclectic on a grand scale, and attempts to contextualise his views within existentialist philosophy, phenomenology, social anthropology, psycho-analysis, and many other schemes of thought. All of this is accomplished with great zest and verve.'

- British Journal of Educational Technology Vol 38 No 2 2007

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Table of Contents

1 A philosophical perspective on human learning 3
2 It is the person who learns 32
3 Learning in the social context 52
4 Experience - from which we learn 70
5 The transformation of experience 87
6 The person : changing and becoming more experienced 119
7 Lifelong learning 133
8 Learning and action 145
9 Cognitive theories 157
10 Emotions and learning 177
11 Experiential learning 184
12 Towards a comprehensive theory of human learning? 194
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