Learning. What events constitute learning and what events do not? As a learner yourself, what are your ideas about learning?
There are many events that constitute learning. Your everyday life can be considered learning in a way that you experience so many things like going to work and performing your everyday task. You learn from people you meet and people you deal with. As a person, you are continuously learning by means of interacting to people around you. It is up to you whether you take the ideas or reject it.
What is the difference between maturation and learning; what is its role in learning?
Learning was defined by Huitt as the relatively permanent change in individual’s behavior or behavioral potential as a result of experience or practice. Taking from that line means that as you learn, you constantly change within yourself taking things into consideration and understanding things in a different perspective. Maturation on the other hand is the alteration of your biological growth and development as described by Huitt. Since maturation and learning goes together in a sense that relative permanent change in others or us was either cause by learning or maturation, or more often by both.
Theory and practice. How can understanding learning theories refine (help improve) educational practice?
Theory is said to be an acceptable set of principles offered to explain a phenomenon. (Dewey, 2011). In that sense, theory serves a guide for a teacher and a tool whether their teaching process is effective or following a correct process to facilitate learning. I agree with Huitt that “teaching is not giving knowledge or skills to students”. A teacher serves as a guide in attaining knowledge or skills for a student by means of teaching. Teaching is the act of guiding the students to acquire knowledge based on the materials being used or being studied.
Schunk, D.H. (2012). Chapter 1. Introduction to the Study of Learning. In Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective, (6th Ed.). MA: Pearson.