Learning and learning environments


You Tube video from Sir Ken Robinson – Changing Paradigms 


It struck me whilst sitting in a class meeting that most of us taking a course have different cultural backgrounds and each one of us have different experiences of how we learned. In my case streaming the students was used to pick out the “good” ones from the “bad” ones, which meant that the students that didn’t get the recommended grades at the yearly exams were automatically put into a lower grade class. Obviously this didn’t do too much for the student’s confidence let alone the teacher’s expectation on the student’s performance and this prehistoric method is still a big part of the education system in UK schools today.

School streaming helps brightest pupils and nobody else

So my concept on learning was disillusioned at a very early age of 13 when I didn’t pass those exams I was expected to (I must add like many of my peers, not from my lack of intelligence but mainly because of personal reasons at home), I got separated from my group of friends and made to feel like a dunce by being put in a class that was known to be full of trouble makers, so I did as most teenagers would do and gave up on academia and chose Immediate personal experience as my concept of learning.

Kolb’s theory ” Experiential learning” is a process by which knowledge results from different combinations of grasping and transforming experiences, was what I chose to pursue by active experimentation. I worked at the age of 15, became an actress for a short while then I was off to Australia at the age of 18 and basically didn’t stop travelling and learning. In all these ventures I progressed through the four stages over and over again.

  1. Having a concrete experience followed by
  2. Observation of and reflection on that experience which leads to
  3. The formation of abstract concepts (analysis) and generalizations (conclusions) which are then
  4. Used to test hypothesis in future situations, resulting in new experiences.

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