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Intentional learning

Intentional learning

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.

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  • Develop the antecedents of intentional learning, such as helping people recognize the need for learning.
  • Help learners identify their learning goals.
  • Help learners plan their learning. For example, figuring out where and when...

Intentional learning involves learning that's active and autonomous. Characteristics include:

  • Incidental learning occurs during activities where learning is not a goal for the learner. For example, when someone plays a sport just for fun, but ends up improving their skills over time.
  • Intentional learning involves learning as a deliberate and ...

  • It can be more effective, such as learning an advanced mathematical concept for an exam.
  • It can be more efficient.
  • It can be more enjoyable.

  • Encourage the main antecedents of intentional learning, including motivation, belief in your learning ability, and recognising your need to learn.
  • Identify your goals, such as figuring out what concepts you’re trying to learn.
  • Plan yo...

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