The scent is not an easy one to follow; common dictionary definitions are useless.
I've spent the last week sifting through the many analogous and ambiguous terms that have all been baked indistinguishably into a mushy casserole.
Here are some of the paradoxical questions I have been wrestling through:
- What is the difference between comprehending, understanding, and learning? I'd say the first two are synonyms, but the 3rd is something altogether different.
- You can't learn without thinking, but can you think without learning? Yes, only if you agree with my definition of what it means to think. But I don't even know if I agree with my definition.
- Is knowing, comprehending, and learning different? You can have knowledge, understanding, or even wisdom, but you can't have "learning".
- We know you can't have wisdom without knowledge, and you can have knowledge without wisdom, but can you have knowledge without learning? I think so.
- You can know how to learn, but can you learn how to know? Still not sure on that one.
- Is teaching someone knowledge or a skill different than teaching someone to learn? Absolutely