Educational Psychology:What relevace does Learning have in Today’s society?


2a ii). Examine the Relevance of Learning in Today’s society.

The Relevance of Learning 

This is a question of why we should be concerned about learning. When we hear about learning most of us think about studying and school. We think about subjects, for example, mathematics, languages, geography, history, biology and so on. But we need to know that learning is not limited to school subjects, (Woolfolk, 1998).

We need to understand that all learning is intended to enable the person to adopt completely in life situations:

  • To think and solve problems.
  • Fit well in the community.
  • Perceive the world in a realistic manner.

This actually means that learning is not limited to the formal school settings. There are many informal settings where learning takes place. For example:

  • At home.
  • In street corners.
  • In the fields.
  • In religious institutions.
  • Through the mass media.

From these places, children learn many unintentional things.

Even when children are in school they learn many unintentional things for example:

  • They acquire certain attitudes positive or negative.
  • They learn something about their capabilities.
  • Their limitations.
  • Their school.
  • Their teachers.
  • The subjects.

What is the teacher’s role in the learning process?

The teacher is very important in both the formal and non-formal settings within the school. So although the teacher’s primary role is to deliver content knowledge he can influence the student’s life in many other ways for example:

  • He can provide experiences that contribute to the acquisition of behavior patterns that are desirable and necessary for competent living.
  • He should be the facilitator of learning. As a facilitator, he should provide an enabling environment for learning.

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