chapter  2
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It is the person who learns

In this chapter I want to begin to explore a fundamental problem about human learning – it stems from my recent writing and studies (see, for instance, Jarvis 1992; 2006) and is summed up by the title of the paper itself – ‘It Is the Person who Learns’ (Jarvis, 2009). Over the years I have tried to understand the learning processes and as a result I (Jarvis, 2009, p. 25) have defined learning in the following manner:

the combination of processes throughout a lifetime whereby the whole person – body (genetic, physical and biological) and mind (knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, emotions, meaning, beliefs and senses) – experiences social situations, the content of which is then transformed cognitively, emotively or practically (or through any combination) and integrated into the individual person’s biography resulting in a continually changing (or more experienced) person.