12 Pages

Action and Learning

WithTimo Airaksinen

Action is learning, just like perception is learning but the case of action is more difficult to comprehend because of its simplicity which sounds like a tautology: an action is learning by acting. An action just makes this learning explicit and, when it is iterated, reinforces learning. Practice is needed and then the learning situations become difficult to organize and understand. Practical or action learning is always problem centered, unlike theoretical learning. To create an efficient learning situation one needs to take care of the realization of all the various conditions. The main philosophical problem is related to the practice-internal loop between action and learning. When action learning forces one to accept a method, this may mean the highest achievement or a mere technical capability, depending on the nature of the individual case. Skills are useful but also problematic. Intuitively, an action is just that, an action, and not another thing.