This weeks readings provided a new insight for me. Prior to the readings I had never really thought about the difference between learning and development. It would be inaccurate to say that I didn't know what they were (the definitions given by Davies, & Easterby-Smith (1984) were similar to what I had previously assumed) but I had never thought about the relationship between them. Learning about their differences gave rise to a problem that although I had complained about, I didn't really know I had. I have complained before while taking a number of university papers, I have only learned enough to get a good grade in the course and then forgotten everything after the final exam. Although I had acknowledged this, I hadn't thought about how to fix it.
In their study, Davies, & Easterby-Smith (1984) noted that they were surprised by the distinction between learning and development made by their participants. In their eyes, learning referred to individual skills that can be taught, while development referred to "acquiring greater general competence or capacity". Hopefully this clarifies my problem a little more. While taking these courses, I had been completely focused on learning and not on the acquisition of greater competence or capacity that development brings. This meant that I was focused only on the lower stages of Bloom's taxonomy and not on the higher stages of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. As is common with this course, I also did not know of Bloom's taxonomy before taking this course.
Taking this course has felt much more like the description given for development than for learning. The three companies with the highest levels of development in Davies, & Easterby-Smith's (1984) study all operated in environments that were "turbulent and changing rapidly". This course is called management in dynamic contexts, which is synonymous with "turbulent and changing rapidly" Furthermore, this course has taught me how to learn, something that I would consider as an increase to my general competence or capacity.