Thursday, August 15, 2013

Is learning permanent? Why or why not?

          I think that learning is permanent. Learning is a relatively permanent change in behavioral potentiality, which occurs as a result of reinforced practice (Olson & Hergenhahn 2013). When behavioral change is relatively permanent, such as learning it is neither fixed nor transitory (Olson & Hergenhahn 2013). Basically when learning occurs it is permanent but what is learned may or may not be used immediately. What is learned may be forgotten until recalled into memory or needed for use. Therefore, learned material is often forgotten until it is needed, such as when taking a test one may forget anything learned until it is recalled into memory because of a certain question on the test. Also whenever learning occurs the result is always translated into measurable behavior. A measurable behavior may occur instantly or it can occur later when anything that is learned is needed or used such as stated before when taking a test. Sure some things that are learned may be forgotten but in all learning is a permanent process, which can be reinforced by practice or experience.    
Olson, M. H. & Hergenhahn, B. R. (2013). An introduction to theories of learning (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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