What is Lewin's theory of learning?

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Lewin believed that we learn from experience.

Often referred to as change theory, field theory, or experiential learning, Lewin’s ideas helped us incorporate collaborative and project-based learning into the classroom.  Real learning comes from experiencing, reflecting, and solving problems, Lewin said. 

Lewin’s theories have been adapted for classroom use and organizational behavior.  They are the foundation of modern learning theories and psychology.  You learn by approaching problems, studying them, solving them, and reflecting on them.  You review your plan, and then begin a new plan. This often has to involve others, because problem solving is better as a group. 

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