The Nature Of Learning
The Nature of Learning
Carol began her working life as an apprentice and really enjoyed being at work and meeting people. 'I was sent on day release: to do a business studies course, but I failed because I wasn't interested. In lectures they just talked at me and I can't take it in when information is presented in that way. I have to have pictures or exercises or projects to complete.' What helped Carol enormously was that during her apprenticeship she visited all the different parts of the business and consequently understood the whole process from start to finish. 'You knew the immediate impact of what you were doing. Later I was able to apply that experience - my common sense helped me to see the whole picture much more clearly than others who had been only theory based.'
The whole approach to education, training and development has changed significantly over the past decade. Before, there existed pockets of innovation - programs where 'chalk and talk' was not thought to be the best way to teach managers a variety of skills and behaviours - but they were by no means universal. Now, there is a move towards a more widespread use of improved programmed and distance learning, but even here the emphasis is changing towards problem-solving. As each person learns in an individual way, it is important to find the type of course that suits you best and that you will benefit most from.
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