Setting Learning as a Deliberate Goal – Effectiviology
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Intentional learning occurs when it is the primary goal of a learner.
For example, someone who wants to learn a new language reads a book in a language and looks up new words that they encounter to improve their vocabulary.
This is contrasted with incidental learning, where the same learner just picks up words while talking with someone in the target language without attempting to learn new vocabulary.
When we understand intentional learning, we can optimise learning and teaching.
Intentional learning involves learning that's active and autonomous. Characteristics include:
Neither type of learning is inherently better. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the person and circumstances.
In other situations, intentional learning is less effective, efficient or enjoyable, and incidental learning is preferred.
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