My Definition of Learning (based on ideas from many learning theorists) concerns new information that is meaningfully related to existing knowledge, not merely rote learned (like the 16 digits of my credit card).


The definition is a five-stage elaboration of the dictionary definition, Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skill. For example the second stage elaborates on the following idea.

The term acquisition suggests all-or-none, whereas any teacher can attest that the knowledge/skill can be incomplete (lacking detail), shallow (lacking depth) and fragile (lacking endurance).