According to Roblyer and Doering (2012), “Many educators now believe that the world is changing too quickly to define education in terms of specific information or skills; they believe education should focus on more general capabilities such as ‘learning to learn’ skills….”
Certainly today there is an explosion of available information and technology. So, how does one traverse through this expanding world of information, discovery, and ideas?
One path is to accumulate more facts and bits of information.
Another is to acquire and improve knowledge and skills necessary for effective service and employment.
Beyond this is to cultivate the attitudes and abilities that are needed in order to continue to learn.
Each of these paths has its value and place in education. However, the third path (learning to learn) is especially significant.
One of the responsibilities of education is fostering in students the ability and the drive to continue to learn long after they leave the academic environment. They should take with them lifelong skills that enable them to discover, problem solve, think critically, and create.
Roblyer, M.D. & Doering , A. H. (2012). Learning theories and integration models. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (6th Edition) (p. 52). Pearson.