Declarative learning

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Declarative learning is learning based on building a set of simple concept associations in memory. For example, learning the answer to the question What is the biggest moon of Saturn? is declarative. Simple associations can build complex structures. While learning about Titan, we can build dozens of associations, which help us understand that moon. The term declarative learning is usually used in opposition to other forms of learning, esp. procedural learning. Those two types of learning proceed along different rules, serve a different purpose and require different learning strategies.

Most of research on spaced repetition refers to declarative learning, while procedural learning is usually best accomplished with simple practice. For example, riding a bike improves one's procedural biking skills. Reading a book over and over again is a very poor strategy in declarative learning.

Declarative learning builds a vast store of knowledge in the brain. This declarative knowledge describes the reality as reflected by the organism's experience.

This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017-2024) by Piotr Wozniak