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Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?

During my educational days I was never actually taught how to learn, obviously this is a bit of a catch 22 question, but after reading books that teach tricks of the memory, and with a higher understanding of how the brain works, would it not be possible to teach people how to learn thereby giving an autonomy to the student, who may then go out and specify their own curriculum?

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    Jul 8 2013: A fascinating question. Given the many kinds of learning there are, I don't think it's a catch-22! As a scientist, the most important thing I ever learned was... how to learn:

    How to study: specific tactics to absorb and retain new facts
    How to observe: art classes in how to carefully observe the world and notice new things
    How to conduct a scientific experiment: training in how to rigorously test a hypothesis to learn a fact no one has yet learned

    I think the giving students autonomy should be the goal of every teacher, but not only by teaching memorization skills - also problem-solving skills, creative thinking skills, organizational skills, tactics to improve self-motivation and self-esteem, and the experience of being thrilled to learn something new. With confidence and a hyper-diverse skill set (and this relates back to the many mentions here of Sugata Mitra), students are then best empowered to chase down and take command of any kind of new knowledge on their own, no teacher required.
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      Jul 9 2013: So true!! ........"Everybody is a genius........but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree...... it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid".

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/limevelyn/6300779304/lightbox/
      • Jul 9 2013: My dear Juliette, I want to reply with B.Bettelheim's words: "I genitori devono avere (o imparare ad avere) fiducia nel figlio e raggiungere la certezza interiore che il loro figliiolo riesca bene nella vita. Un genitore quasi perfetto non deve avere fiducia soltanto in sè e nel mondo in cui vive, ma anche nel figlio...è la fiducia che noi mettiamo nei suoi confronti che fa sorgere nel bambino un senso personale di fiducia in se stesso e nelle proprie capacità".
        Se posso commentare direi che i genitori dovrebbero smettere di programmare il destino dei figli -che non sono loro, bensì della vita- al fine di lasciarli liberi di crescere secondo la loro propria vocazione. Thank you.
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          Jul 9 2013: I agree, those are great words...we can do this:)... When we can keep in mind that children are our future, and that they are our hopes and dreams, we should allow them to be who they are. Having confidence in our sons and daughters, and our students, is the way forward.

          Quando siamo in grado di tenere a mente che i bambini sono il nostro futuro, e che sono le nostre speranze e sogni, dovremmo permettere loro di essere quello che sono. Avere fiducia nei nostri figli e figlie, ei nostri studenti, è la via da seguire.

          “You can't teach children to be good. The best you can do for your child is to live a good life yourself. What a parent knows and believes, the child will lean on.”

          Adesso:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY

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