Saturday, 23 January 2010

Reflecting on Learning

As a student, looking back at your time at art school, it can often be difficult to determine what exactly you've learned. There are many technical processes which one could point to as examples, but the cognitive lessons are much harder to grasp and describe. I was talking with a student last week who mentioned that when she looked over her work of the past year she felt that it was all inadequate or naive in some way. It occurred to me, at that moment, that she was describing an evaluative position in relation to previous decisions and actions taken, and that this was in many ways a key to understanding the learning that had taken place. Critical perspective only arises through the acquisition of new knowledge and understanding. If we unpack this new critical positioning it's possible to determine the constituent parts of what we call learning.


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