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I am looking for a word that means learning how to learn. I think it may be 'epistemic' or 'epistemological', but looking these up in the dictionary does not seem quite right.

The context is in a statement like this:

"But high school already teaches students how to use a library, and how to research on the Internet, or how to phrase questions to get the answer they are looking for. In fact, high school teaches these _______ skills in droves. High school doesn't need to teach skills like how to do taxes or cook spaghetti to prepare students for real life, when they should have all the resources they already need to learn those skills on their own when they need to."

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    There's nothing that "does not seem quite right" about looking up in the dictionary -- go ahead, and do it, now. Good Luck. – Kris May 24 '18 at 9:21
  • Using a library, researching on the Internet, or phrasing appropriate questions is not "learning", nor epistemology it is. – Kris May 24 '18 at 9:24
  • Funny, yes I worded that wrong, Looking these up in the dictionary and the definition does not seem quite what I wanted. – Registered User May 25 '18 at 6:32
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In the given context, you could say the school teaches research skills:

Some examples of research skills that you may have include:

  • Report writing
  • Analysing lots of information from different sources
  • Finding information off the internet
  • Critical thinking

Research Skills - TheBigChoice


Related is the idea of study skills which is more about studying information you already have than finding it.

  • But wait. Let the OP be clear about what exactly is the idea in the first place. – Kris May 24 '18 at 9:25
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"But high school already teaches students how to use a library, and how to research on the Internet, or how to phrase questions to get the answer they are looking for. In fact, high school teaches these societal labeled fundamental skills in droves. High school doesn't need to teach skills like how to do taxes or cook spaghetti to prepare students for real life, when they should have all the resources they already need to learn those skills on their own when they need to."

It depends on the viewpoint and subject of which you are mentally ingesting. Knowledge has two parts giver and receiver; fundamentally speaking.

But when we step aside the framework from which we live we find ourselves enaboring a grander much deeper level of understanding imposed and based upon perspective.

  • I like "fundamental", not so much "societal labelled". It may be accurate but it feels cumbersome. Maybe "fundamental learning skills"? Also, you could use bold to make your contribution more obvious than italics. – Pam May 24 '18 at 7:07
  • I agree, I went for brevity in hopes of maintaining an overall concise definition. – theRaven May 24 '18 at 7:11
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"In fact, high school teaches these methodological skills in droves."

of or relating to method or methodology:

a body of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline : a particular procedure or set of procedures · demonstrating library research methodology

the analysis of the principles or procedures of inquiry in a particular field

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Heuristic

That was the word I wanted.

A heuristic technique (/hjʊəˈrɪstɪk/; Ancient Greek: εὑρίσκω, "find" or "discover"), often called simply a heuristic, is any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery that employs a practical method not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for the immediate goals.

The actual definition of the word I was actually looking for is a little different from said word. But it is the word I wanted to use but couldn't recall.

"But high school already teaches students how to use a library, and how to research on the Internet, or how to phrase questions to get the answer they are looking for. In fact, high school teaches heuristics in droves. High school doesn't need to teach skills like how to do taxes or cook spaghetti to prepare students for real life, when they should have all the resources they already need to learn those skills on their own when they need to."

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