Informal Learning: A New Model for Making Sense of Experience

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Business & Economics - 176 pages
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In much of the developed world, learning is synonymous with the formal, structured processes that involve teachers, lecturers or trainers. Yet it is experience that is by far the most influential teacher that any of us will have, from the very first moment we are born. Lloyd Davies puts forward a new way of looking at experiential learning; a model that identifies the elements, and points to some of the dynamics. The book highlights the characteristics that are common to the learning process, explains how we learn from experience and why each of us sees our experiences in different ways and, consequently, learns different lessons. It provides advice and guidance on how each of the various elements of the process can be used to greater effect, both for individual and group learning, as well as in mentoring and counselling. The book, which is based on the author's research, is written for a wide readership that includes both learning practitioners and students. If individuals and the organizations within which they work, as students or as employees, understand the basis on which they learn and can turn the process from a passive to an active one, the implications for their development are profound. Lloyd Davies' model for Informal Learning provides a relevant, flexible and significant tool that can offer a sea-change in the way we all learn.
 

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Contents

Jeannies sense of shame and inadequacy
1
Earlier Writers
9
Jims difficult meeting
10
An Outline of the Model
19
The grass seed example
27
Introduction
36
Introduction
42
Introduction
50
Conclusion
88
Handling an explosive situation
95
Fellow participants observations
96
Linked observations
102
Research into the Comet aircraft crashes
109
Introduction
116
Products
138
Points for exploration
144

Points for exploration
56
Personality
62
Learned behaviours
73
Introduction
80
Using as remembering
85
The discovery of cortisone
148
Possible Uses for the Model
157
Bibliography
173
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Prior to his retirement, Lloyd Davies was Head of HR at Yorkshire Water, later Kelda PLC a FTSE 100 company, and was extensively involved in recruitment and development of directors and senior managers. He has worked as a Visiting Fellow at Leeds Business School, primarily with CEOs and MDs of SMEs, engaged on workplace projects.

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