tabula rasa

a Latin term meaning 'blank slate' ('scraped tablet', literally), referring to the mind, unaffected by experience. It comes from the theories of John Locke who held that learning came from experience, that the child's mind was essentially empty until affected by experience (see empiricism). It is associated with the idea of the mind as passively receptive to learning, with limited reference to its active capacity (see passive learning,instructivism, transmission, banking model).