Re: Learning vs. Innovation LO1417

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Mon, 29 May 1995 10:30:04 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO1400 --

> From: Michael McMaster <>
> Date: Fri, 26 May 1995 07:12:18 +0000
> Learning is a result of theory or concept and experience. The theory
> or concept may be unaware or very "fuzzy" and the experience may be
> merely mental. But they go together. That is, to make the point
> starkly, we don't learn from experience. We first bring something to
> our action (even if it's all mental) and learn from the resonance or
> disonance of the two.
> Innovation is a result of recombination (occasionally mutation or
> purely random events) of what is already integrated with other things
> and contained in some (mental) identity. Seeking innovation requires
> different processes than seeking learning.
> The connection between the two is that innovation will be followed by
> learning if the innovation is to "stick" and become useful.

Michael, the way I see it is that innovation and learning are intertwined
in a way that, at times, it might be very hard to say which happens first.
However, I think that in most cases we do a lot of learning first, then we
come up with the innovations. I see that as we enhance our understanding
of something and experience it, we then begin to see the recombinations
you talked about. We understand new linkages and can challenge the
theory(ies) or models in place, by modifying them, expanding them, or
connecting them to other pre-existing concepts or models. This process
generates additional learning... So that innovation is generally
sandwiched by learning.

Does it make sense?


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