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Is there a difference between learning and performance? If so, what is it? If not, why?

Why are cognition and behavior crucial components of the learning process?

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1. Is there a difference between learning and performance? If so, what is it? If not, why?

By definition, the two terms are different. However, depending on the theory of learning one holds, behavior might be included in the definition of learning e.g., learning by practicing or performing. Performance is behavior and part of the learning process, along with cognition.

For example, a fairly standard consensual definition is "a relatively permanent change in behavior (sic.; it's American of course) that results from practice." (Atkinson et al 1993, in attached article). This is of course arguable, ...

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The difference between learning and performance is explained. It also explains why cognition and behavior are crucial components of the learning process. Supplemented with one article that explains the learning theories and components of learning. Several links are included for further reading.

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