October 12, 2008

The difference between learning and education

The difference between learning and education

Learning and education emphasize on different points.

Learning focuses on the result that is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught. In other words, wherever the knowledge you get from, a book, a teacher or a website, there is no relationship between the way you get the knowledge and learning. However, the key point is what the knowledge you gain. So learning is for consequence. Nevertheless, education is totally different. It talks about the gradual process by which a person gains knowledge and understanding through learning. It does not stress on the outcome, but the process that one is taught during a long time is important.

Thus if one sails across English Channel from England to France, ¡°learning¡± is ¡°he or she reaches France¡±, whatever the way he or she choose, by boat or by swimming. In the journey, certainly, he or she must face many difficulties and done it through thinking and learning, even asking for help. This process is ¡°education¡± that just teaches learner how to think, but the result is not important.

In summary, the purpose of learning is the acquisition and the purpose of education is the consequence.


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  1. Tilly Harrison

    I like your metaphor of the boat journey – certainly it could be said that learning is about achieving knowledge or a skill whereas education is the process. However learning is also something that can be on-going throughout life, whereas education is thought of as having definite phases in one’s life (school, university etc.).

    14 Oct 2008, 18:17


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