Chapter 5: Discussion

In this chapter the principles that have been identified in the present study are organized into a conceptual framework of learning that defines the relationships between them and provides a foundation on which domain-specific theories of learning might be created. The conceptual framework is defined by the ten principles identified in chapter four that facilitate learning, plus four additional principles of my own introduction: (a) one that states the possibility of progression (potential), (b) one that accounts for orientation of learning toward a specific goal (target), and (c) two structural principles (change and practice) that provide organization for some of the principles that facilitate learning. This conceptual framework is the “So what?” that gives unique meaning to the previous four chapters, and constitutes an original contribution of knowledge, based on the theoretical foundation of principles of learning that has been established.

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