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LEARNING CURVE – FACT OR FICTION?
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The term "the learning curve" has a popular, well-known meaning in American culture. In consideration of how and when you start to examine the way that term is used, most people discover that the primary and perceived meaning of the term really doesn't make any sense.If the curve is drawn on a chart which tracks resulting knowledge against time spent learning, it might look like the Tetris© (a popular logic game) graph here to the right. By visual consideration, the chart is steepest at the beginning, when a person first starts learning how to play Tetris. The beginner usually gains knowledge quickly, learning the game in just a few minutes. Though there is much to learn, the player will never learn as quickly as he or she did at the beginning learning how to play the game. | Here is another example: I believe that most people would consider the process of blowing leafs out of their yards with a leaf blower is very simple, but is that the instance?For many, regardless of education and or experience, it only takes about two minutes to get up and running blowing leaves. Additional knowledge milestones await most people after they have invested more time, such as "flushing corners", "minimizing blowback", and "blinding the cyclists".| On the charts shown in this article, the knowledge milestones are made up and arbitrary, however labeling the vertical axis can be challenging.For most people, learning can be a series of successes, but it can also be a slow refinement of technique. It isn't really accurate for a person to say they are still learning to dribble a basketball when many NBA professionals with years of experience are still refining the process. | Shown to the right is an expanded timeline on the basketball learning curve. Many of the knowledge milestones on this chart can't really be learned in an hour. Most people can and do learn that they exist, but are not able to actually perform them for...
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