Meaningful Learning for Empowerment
|Relevant prior knowledge: That is, the learner must know some information that relates to the new information to be learned in some nontrivial way.|
|Meaningful material: That is, the knowledge to be learned must be relevant to other knowledge and must contain significant concepts and propositions.|
|The learner must choose to learn meaningfully. That is, the learner must consciously and deliberately choose to relate new knowledge to knowledge the learner already knows in some nontrivial way.|
This raises the question: What are nontrivial relationships? For example, if a learner knows that Ohio, California, and New York are states, it is comparatively trivial to learn that Michigan is also a state, unless one goes further and recognizes that states are relatively large geographic units and there are only 50 in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. The learner needs to seek to build an organized knowledge structure that moves toward recognition of the differences between towns, cities, states, and countries.