How Is Learning Different from Thinking

How Is Learning Different from Thinking

| KHA |
21ST FEB 2013 |


The topic today is interesting: it’s asking the difference between learning and thinking. These are two processes that are very closely related and can be confused for each other.
As a former student of Critical and Creative Thinking, I also, am interested in knowing the difference between the two.
I will start of by finding out the definitions that can be found in the dictionary then from there I shall go deeper and find out what really is the difference of the two, what makes them closely related or is it one and the same thing.
1: the act or experience of one that learns
2: knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study
3: modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning)

1: the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts
2 a : opinion, judgment <I'd like to know your thinking on this>
b : thought that is characteristic (as of a period, group, or person)’ 

Clearly the dictionary is not helping at all, especially with the definition of the word thinking. So here’s another website ( that sheds a bit more light on this topic. It doesn’t deal with the meaning of the words but rather the true difference. And their argument is:
Thinking is Central to Learning. Thinking is central to learning because learning is a process where an individual modifies or strengthens world views, beliefs, opinion, attitudes, behaviors, skills, understandings and knowledge. There is no learning without thinking. The better the thinking, the better the learning.
Learning is a process that modifies or strengthens world views, beliefs, opinions, attitudes, behaviours, skills, understanding, and knowledge.

Now I will look at different philosophers and their Educational theories on...

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