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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. 

2 Comments

  1. I like how you applied the readings well to your learning journal this week. You seemed to understand the readings and "develop" a thought on them other than just straight "learn" the context of the reading which fits in nicely with what you were saying. In order to reach the higher levels of Blooms and to help with a more detailed summative journal, maybe you could include more specific examples e.g. bring in some experiences for mikes bikes and how you think your learning and development is going in terms of the simulation. This way you will be able to highlight areas you may need to work on to learn and develop more within the simulation and therefore help yourself and also your team. However I feel like this was a solid journal and good luck with the rest of the semester. 

  2. In relation to your post there's been some research lately that you might find of interest. Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University found that generally people fall into two mindsets, an innate ability mindset (I am limited by how smart I am) and a growth mindset (I can learn anything if I work at it). The most important difference between the two mindsets is that those with a growth mindset tend to take on challenging tasks. They view failure as an opportunity to learn, whereas those with an innate ability mindset tend to assume that if it's too hard they should try something else. Her research has broad implications for how we should motivate and praise children and how we should approach education. I think that what you're beginning to learn is that your mindset up until now has been more of an innate ability mindset. You haven't really tried to challenge yourself, just doing enough to get by. I know that for myself I've struggled with the two mindsets. My major is Economics even though my math skills are fairly weak. It has been a big challenge but as I've been successful I've learned more about my ability and that I can learn anything that I want if I put my mind to it. I hope that you will take more opportunities to challenge yourself in the future. 

    Here's a link for more information on Dr. Dweck's research. It's not her actual research paper but I'm sure if you looked her up on the Library catalog you'd find her.

    https://www.khanacademy.org/youcanlearnanything