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Conditions for Effective Learning

by Ralph W. Tyler 1985

The conditions required for conscious human learning are the same whether the learning takes place in school or in nonschool settings. Learning is a universal characteristic of all human beings. Behavior that is instinctive, that requires no practice or previous experience to carry on effectively, is very limited in the human species. No child could survive the first year of life without learning many things. Learning is as natural and universal among humans as respiration or digestion. There are no nonlearners.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 84, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 5, 1985, p. 203-229
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19120, Date Accessed: 9/26/2018 5:00:39 AM

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  • Ralph Tyler
    University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    RALPH W. TYLER is a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
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