What is Natural Learning?
Natural Learning is on-going and dynamic. It develops useful knowledge in the form of new capacities to act in and on the world.
For almost a century now, biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, social science and various other fields and disciplines have collectively contributed to our understanding of how human beings learn.
The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes.” Yeats
Beginning with their first publication in 1991, Renate Caine and Geoffrey Caine have continued to integrate the available research on learning. Much more has come to light since Making Connections, Teaching and the Human Brain made its first debut with ASCD (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).
The book proposed 12 Brain/Mind Principles of Natural Learning that collectively summarized what was known at that time about the many ways that human beings learn. Although the Principles were welcomed enthusiastically as a breakthrough in understanding learning and teaching, they could not be translated into new practices in a system committed to a deeply entrenched view that still continues today.
With the publication of their newest book, Natural Learning for a Connected World: Education, Technology, and the Human Brain (Foreword by Joseph Chilton Pierce), the Caines once again summarize what has been discovered about learning in the last 20 years and this time show how this information can impact teaching and education in the age of technology.
This website was created to summarize what we now know about how human beings learn and to present a compatible approach to teaching we call The Guided Experience Approach.™