Monday, December 17, 2007

Relationship of learning to innovation

Innovation is the construction of new structure. It reduces dissonance by extending structures to be at ease with inconsistencies. This may entail totally new structures--institutions, technologies, norms, styles, etc. or simple revisions and extensions that achieve the desired sense of improved adequacy.

Learning is different. Learning is more a growth of potential than it is a solution. Between learning and structure lies competence. Competence can be compiled learning directed at a given consistent source (or source set) of dissonance(s). One can extend the idea of a given competency (e.g. being a surgeon) through innovations.

Learning is a capacity. Its application is a move toward competence.

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