A “new” perspective on learning
Hello world :)
My first post here. So excited!! :)
What did I learn from the following, great video about learning?
Which impact did it have on me and my behavior?
In an older blog post a view years ago…
gosh I have to find that post again… :D
…I already wrote about the gap between attitude and behavior but I never linked it directly to learning. So let’s do that a bit.
Attitude could be the same as informations you combined to knowledge. You know it, but does this effect your behavior?
An example: if someone asks you, “how important is it to safe our planet and stop global warming?” Most people say something like: “Very! We should all be concerned and take action.”
Than you switch the focus on their shopping basket and you see plastic bags, plastic bottles and a key for a RAM 3500.
So attitude / values are not equal behavior. Behavior is a lot more complex and depends on a lot of variables in our environment. We are in big parts a product of our environment. It’s a forth-back, interactional based relationship.
Behavior could be “defined”, regarding learning, as the ability to use / apply this knowledge in your actual life in different contexts.
My thesis is:
Learning is the transfer of theoretical knowledge into actual actions and new habits
So learning is a lot about the competence to transfer knowledge into actions.
Leo of actualized.org calls it LEARNING = BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Only if your behavior changes after you learned something, you really learned something. Easy, or?
As I recognized, it’s totally not. I consider myself as a “learning didactics expert”, but I found out that a lot of the times, even if I speak from transfer competence in learning etc., I still think more in terms of knowledge transfer which is actually not “real” learning if you take learning = behavior change serious.
So I would like to encourage you and myself to ask yourself these 4 Questions (3 of the video + 1 I added) every time you recognize that you are in a “learning situation”. This can be a training, a webinar, reading an article,…
- What did I learn?
- How will this information change my behavior?
- What did I learn about myself?
- How does my intended behavior change effect my environment? (positive, negative, unclear)
But don’t forget that to develop new behaviors is not an easy task. It can take a while of continually, repeatedly usage, with doing mistakes, until you formed new, automated habits.
Which should benefit you and your environment.
Happy Sunday :)