The title of this weeks reading “Teaching smart people how to learn” immediately caught my attention. One would assume that smart people already know how to learn, right? Success in the marketplace depends on learning though many do not know how to. I always assume that “well educated, high powered, high commitment professionals who occupy key leadership positions” Argyris (1991) are the ones that learn best however, that is not always the case.
Argyris (1991) states that most companies are not always aware that a learning dilemma even exists. I too, misunderstand what learning is and how to bring it about at times (I have learnt however, that it is not cramming everything in the night before). My problem has always been finding a method in which I learn the best. My solution to this was trying different methods such as writing cards, using abbreviations or using pictures.
It is interesting that this is called a “learning journal”, its looking inward at our own behaviour, identifying problems and suggesting solutions. In other words reflecting using Daudelin’s steps.The purpose of the Synnot (2013) reading, is exactly what we are executing in doing these learning journals; "the role of reflection and double loop learning in policy and shared community learning" (Synnot, 2013). Not only learning by reflecting on our own behaviour and experiences but communal learning when reading our peers journals.
I quite liked how the ideas from this reading linked to the reason why we do these journals. It makes sense that in this fast pace, constantly changing world to continuously engage in evaluating to look for efficient ways in achieving our goals. To be quite frank, I was beginning to find writing these journals annoying but these readings once again highlighted the importance of doing them.
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15
Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2. Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950