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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