Kennesaw State University

How Learning Works

Students’ current level of development interacts with the social, emotional, and intellectual climate of the course to impact learning

By Michele DiPietro

As educators, we cannot force development, but we can encourage it, and we can certainly affect the course climate to make it conducive for learning.

The sixth principle of learning concerns students’ level of development. Not only does the maturity of each student determine how deeply they can process the content, but also the developmental profiles of all students (and the instructor) combine to create the course environment, which itself also impacts learning (Ambrose et al. 2010).

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