What is learning? This is my 7th learning journal and yet, I still question myself if I am following Daudelin’s guideline correctly whether I am taking the benefit from the learning journal process. The lack of depth arises every time when I get feedbacks from other students and I already know that one of my biggest issue is analyzing my opinion/situation explicitly and I am still figuring out how to master “learning from experience through reflection” as Daudelin’s title of reading.
I reread Daudelin’s reading trying to find what I am missing from this learning process. I think the most crucial tip is that question myself and use them as ‘a tool of learning and reflection’. Daudelin (1996) explains the question “what else?” expands the mind to an innumerable opportunities that’s been unused and questions like “may I?” performs the powerful functions of indicating respect, verifying preparedness, and lowering opposing boundaries (p.42). Argyris’ reading was also very interesting to which talks about ‘teaching smart people how to learn’ (1991). I think it is hard to learn from failure for students as well as highly skilled professionals where we all are successfully got into one of the well-known university in the world. Back in high school, I found easy to get good grades and I could always pull up good marks from studying the night before the exams. However, I struggled so much getting used to the university system where I thought my old study habit will work as fine as I did in high school. The first year was very tough for me getting familiar with the university curriculum and observing to ‘learn from failure’. Every time I try to force myself into studying and panicking when the due date is close, I see myself shutting down my capability to learn and cannot do my best. MikesBikes simulation teamwork reflects this quite well where it is a long-term projects and it is unique because we get to see the results every week. This is quite frustrating when the performance of the week has not been improved much or has not improved at all from the previous rollover. Argyris emphasises (1991) this well that “the most enthusiastic about continuous improvement in their own organizations, they were also often the biggest obstacle to its complete success” (p.5). Argyris also mentioned that those professionals get embarrassed and threatened at criticism from the people in the organization (1991). The good thing about this simulation is less stressful than people in the actual organization but this is also can be very stressful where it turns into our grades at the end of the course.
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4—15
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36—48