Summary: What is learning? How do you learn? See one, do one, teach one. Practice. There is a wealth of educational theory, and empirical practice embedded in these short statements. Description: What is learning? How do you learn?

"See one, do one, teach one."

"Practice."

These two answers were proposed by postgraduate radiology residents to the questions "What is learning?" and "How do you learn? during an interactive teaching session last week.

I wondered whether the two residents recognized the wealth of educational theory, research, and empirical practice behind their brief answers.

As educators, our mission is to promote, facilitate, support and encourage learning. Theory, research and empirical evidence has always informed our educational practice and craft.

Seeing (one) enables a learner to visualize a task. Stimulates curiosity. Raises motivation. Activates prior knowledge.

Doing (one) encourages active learning. And allows for feedback.

Teaching promotes self reflection, metacognition, active organisation of information, and strengthens the neural networks in the teaching resident's own mind for mental, and procedural performance, as well as empathy.

Practice, with multiple repetitions, lies at the heart of "deliberate practice", and "training for mastery".

See one, do one, teach one. Practice.

Food for thought, and reflection.


Further reading:

1. Acquiring Expertise: Ability, Practice, and Other Influences. Intelligence. Volume 45, Pages 1-124 (July‚ÄďAugust 2014). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01602896/45 (Special issue written by 8 experts/groups on this topic, each followed by a rebuttal by Ericsson, followed by a response by each author. A fascinating, thought provoking read).

2. How people learn. http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/how-people-learn/#expertise (This is just one of many online resources devoted to this topic. Happy exploring and reflection).

3. Previous posts on MedEdWorld. http://padlet.com/dnrgohps/edureflections (Illustrating the functionality of a "digital wall")