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 [lern´ing] (pl. learn·ing)
education (def. 2).
the acquisition of knowledge.
learning disorders a group of disorders characterized by academic functioning that is substantially below the level expected on the basis of the patient's chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.
lifelong learning the continuation of the process of education throughout life.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.
See also: conditioning, forgetting, memory.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
2. Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
3. Psychology Behavioral modification especially through experience or conditioning.
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1. Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.
See also: conditioning, memory
2. nursing Change in behavior (e.g., knowledge, skill, value/attitude) as result of experience.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


an adaptive change in behaviour resulting from past experience. Learned behaviour is distinct from innate BEHAVIOUR, and may begin in the embryo. For example, a chick learns to peck because the heartbeat moves the head forward and causes the bill to open. Learning has been classified by the English behaviourist W.H. Thorpe (1902–86) as follows:
  1. habituation, where an animal is subject to repeated stimulation and may cease to respond.
  2. classical conditioning, resulting in a CONDITIONED REFLEX action.
  3. trial-and-error learning, as in rats learning to follow the correct route through a maze.
  4. latent learning, as in rats being allowed to run a maze without a final reward. Once given a reward their performance rapidly reaches that of rats rewarded throughout, thus they must have learnt something (latently) during the nonreward period.

It must be stressed that each of these categories overlap and that other classifications of learning are also accepted.

Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


Generic term for the relatively permanent change in behavior that occurs as a result of practice.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about learning

Q. How can persons with autism learn best? The person with autism can’t concentrate on studies? How can persons with autism learn best?

A. Where have you read such a misguiding message? No one can say that the person with autism can’t concentrate on studies. They can be trained through specially-trained teachers, using specially structured programs that emphasize individual instruction; persons with autism can learn to function at home and in the community. Some can lead nearly normal lives.

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Pupils need to perceive purpose in learning. Purpose indicates that pupils accept reasons intrinsically for learning.
Pupils need to attend to and be interested in learning. Interest is a powerful factor in learning.
The concept and actuality of lifelong learning has stirred interest and procured favor from antiquity to modern times.
In its simplest form that lifelong learning may be defined as a blend of the formal education of one's youth coupled with a pastiche of self-directed formal or informal educative endeavors thereafter.
We examined several major learning style models to compare ways in which they were similar, and different from the Dunn and Dunn Model's characteristics listed above.
The NASSP instrument is the Learning Style Profile (DeBello).
This investigation identified the learning style of all students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
* Will there be a significant improvement in the behavior-scale scores of underachieving, chronically misbehaving students when instructional resources respond to their identified individual learning style?
In June, 1987, prior to the implementation of learning styles, only 25 percent of the officially classified LD students in Frontier's Central High School District in Hamburg, New York passed the State Competency Tests and received diplomas.
Each set of pretest and posttest data documented the statistically higher (p=.001) (a) short-and long-term achievement gained and (b) positive attitudes evidenced with learning styles in contrast with traditional teaching.
Gerber and Bryen (1981) reported that adolescents with language-based learning disabilities have difficulty with both basic-and higher-level language tasks.
Students were administered the Learning Style Inventory (LSI) (Dunn, Dunn, & Price, 1999) the Semantic Differential Scale (SDS) (Pizzo, 1981), and two tests of grammar achievement.

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