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Field Theory of Learning

by Kurt Lewin - 1942

I have been asked to begin this short discussion of a field-theoretical approach to the various problems of learning with a general statement about field theory and psychology. The following characteristics of this theory seem to me particularly important: the use of a constructive rather than a classificatory method; an interest in the dynamic aspects of events; a psychological rather than a physical approach; an analysis which starts with the situation as a whole; a distinction between systematic and historical problems; a mathematical representation of the field. To each of these points, I should like to make a few more or less apodictic remarks, referring the readers to more detailed discussion elsewhere.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 41, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 43 Number 10, 1942, p. 215-242
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20462, Date Accessed: 1/20/2021 3:59:52 AM

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