How we define learning

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Active engagement with experience

The Inspiring Learning Framework is built on a broad and inclusive definition of learning, adapted from the Campaign for Learning.

It identifies that

  • Learning is a process of active engagement with experience
  • It is what people do when they want to make sense of the world
  • It may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, values, ideas and feelings
  • Effective learning leads to change, development and the desire to learn more

To be a learning organisation, a museum library or archive should develop and encourage

  • Shared vision of its role and purpose
  • Initiative, team work and flexible approaches
  • Personal and professional development
  • Openness to new ideas and approaches


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