PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING
Learning is a change in behavior as a result of experience. As a Navy instructor, YOU Want
that change to go beyond your influence in the classroom. You want your students to apply
their learning on their jobs.
The objective of any act of learning is that it should serve us in the future. That is especially
true in the technical training fields. To cause this behavior change in your students, you must
understand what causes learning to occur. This chapter examines some practical, time-proven
basic principles of learning and your responsibilities in using them.
WAYS OF LEARNING
A l l l e a r n i n g s h o u l d b e
meaningful. To make learning as
meaningful as possible, you need to
understand how students learn. Of
the five different ways of learning
addressed here, no one particular
way is necessarily better than the
others. Your students will use some
c o m b i n a t i o n o f t h e s e w a y s of
learning in every class you teach.
Your understanding of the ways
people learn will assist you in
helping your students learn and
retain the information presented.
I M I T A T I ON
part of what a
way of learning
begins early in peoples lives and
lasts throughout their lifetime. In a training environment, for students to observe others
(primarily the instructor) and to imitate their behavior is natural. Learning takes place even
without direct reinforcement of the repeated behavior. Therefore, as the instructor, you must