The paper "Learning through the Workplace" is a wonderful example of a report on management. Learning experiences provide managers with an opportunity to equip themselves with vital knowledge essential for the success of their organization. Grey (2006, p. 239) notes that participating in group learning provides the best means through which managers can learn from each other and also assess themselves. In this connection, I participated in a residential weekend that was held between 2nd to 4th November. The activity was meant for an MA student from the University. This event is a requirement in the organization and managers course that is mainly undertaken by all MA Management students.
The objective of the activity was to assist us (students) in re-evaluating and reflecting on ourselves by participating in some group activities. I hoped that the group activities that I was to participate in would assist me in changing my behavior. Additionally, I was sure that by working with new team members I would be able to analyze and reflect myself more accurately and at the same time, I would enhance my group skills. Background to learning modelsKolb (1984, p.
36) suggests that learning is composed of a four-stage cycle of learning. Kolb’ s theory provides a way through which any person can understand their learning styles. It also gives a clear and wide elaboration regarding the development of a learning cycle that that can be used to all learners. It is in this Kolb model that any given learner has a platform through which she/he can be in a position to attain their immediate reflection and analysis. Additionally, this model is known to be comprised of based on two levels.
The first one is that it is a four-stage cycle that includes concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation. The second level is a four type of approach that elaborates on learning styles. The four terminologies utilized in the model of Kolb so as to clearly elaborate learning styles are; assimilating, diverging, converging, and accommodating. With the aid of previous experience, I was able to understand that I exude assimilating and diverging personality in performing activities involving groups.
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