University of Westminster Westminster Business School REFLECTION BRING IMPROVEMENT Student Name: Davide Carmelo Sciuto Student ID number: 152014651 Module code and title: BKEY401 Professional Competences Seminar leader name: David Hitchcock Word Count: 846 words The passage from college to university, for students, sometimes can be a shock. There are many challenges that each student must face within the university life. The first challenge is with their selves. The second is the one that is faced with the group or team that they are working with. Since the beginning of the year with Professional competences I have faced many difficulties when it came to learn about studying independently. Meyer states that: “The concept of ‘independent learning’ is associated with, or part of, a number of other educational concepts and wider policy agenda of contemporary relevance such as ‘personalization’, ‘student-centered learning’ and ‘ownership’ of learning”. In order to get the “ownership of learning”, Kolb has studied a learning style for individuals, which is divided in four steps: “concrete experience” (emphasize personal involvement with people in everyday life), reflective observation (people understand ideas and situations from different point of view), abstract conceptualization (learning involves using theories rather than feelings), active experimentation (experimenting with changing situations), (Mobbs, R, undated). When I was studying at
For first year students coming straight from high school, college life can either be very exciting or overwhelming depending on how well one prepares for it. Some have the notion that college is fun and is all about partying, while some believe that it is an environment in which they can achieve the ultimate freedom thus escape the stringent rules made by their parents at home. Others look forward to experiencing a different learning environment while being exposed to different cultures and sharing different academic knowledge. Successful assimilation into college life is determined by the student’s capability to transform into the new role of a college student. Numerous students face challenges they have never experienced before which can
Independent learning is a solution presented by DiCarlo and Lujan to fix the current curriculum problem: “it is clear that active processing of information and not just passive reception of that information leads to learning” (19). Students must become active learners to encourage cognition. Furthermore, students will succeed when they stop memorizing information and begin understanding it; this begins with shortening curriculums and encouraging independent
David Kolb developed a learning theory that involves concrete concepts which learners process experience. Kolb’s theory is based on intentions that learning takes place through four linear cycles based on experience and the personal changes that occur throughout that experience. As Kolb (1984) states, “learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (p. 38). Similar to other scholarly theories of learning, Kolb has many critics. I will discuss Kolb’s theory and summarize some of the critics to this theory. Also I will use Kolb’s theory and the critic’s comments to improve my approach to teaching.
Studies in Higher education. The purpose of this research is to elicit information from the direct entrants themselves about the transition into university and to uncover factors to help them succeed.
The transition from high school to college is overwhelming; priorities change, so as keeping a balanced time between work and studies, as well as time to have fun and enjoy. These disadvantages consist of factors that affects the performance a typical working student such as working hours, expenses and finding a relatable career that will suit in the desired degree program. However, these factors only covers a small part of the problem that most students are facing. It is also important to look at the internal self that can definitely affect the academic standing of undergraduate students, such as self-efficacy and peer influence, this aspects are important as it determines one’s strength and
Although this limitation can become a barrier for the experiential learning theory Rogers’ developed, it is possible for this to overcome this with patience. As the main purpose of this theory is to allow personal growth within the student, we must note that personal growth appears differently for each individual learner. The role of the facilitator is to help engage all types of students in self-motivated learning to help them improve their overall growth from significant information.
This essay will look into the issues, challenges and approaches about transition into university by looking at support systems available at an institutional level, examples stated in academic literature and to look at tips that first year students can take into university. By looking at the various academic literature I can look into the student experience, support systems available at Westminster, approaches that universities can utilise for support and to look at how these academic literature gives advice into successfully transition into university.
The transition into college can be one of the most exciting times in a young adult’s life. They are starting a new chapter in their lives that may have a lasting effect on their future. Many new friendships will be made, along with countless amounts of changes in their life including new habitat, change in income, workload amounts, and
This essay argues that in general that in the transition to university, students will face many problems that academic skills cannot help. It also points out that social skills and personal attributes are required to succeed university. For example, students need communication skills as forms of social skills and the capability of time managing, stress controlling and organizing.
In the reading Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development by David Kolb (1984), he proposed that learning is a cycle process in which individuals learn through their own experiences in life. This notion of the learning cycle in which he was influenced by the ideas of three other theorists (Piaget, Dewey, and Lewinian) called it Experiential Learning Theory. Kolb’s theory was based on how people learned by imputing information and processing the information. Within this two abilities, there are four steps in which Kolb’s believe the learning process occurs. The first one he calls “concrete experience”, in which one actually does the learning right then and now. The second one is “reflective observation” when the learner thinks about what they did as a reflection of the experience. The next step is the “abstract conceptualization”, where the learner makes a generalization of the experience. The last step is “active experimentation”, where the learner puts to practice his/her understanding and adapts to it. The learner does this by taking all the first three steps of the learning cycle and seeing the results (pg. 30). Learning is a process in which individuals learn through trial and error. This process can then be reused with our prior experience to strengthen the outcome of our first experience. It is shaped as a cycle in the way we process information cognitively. This is how I understood of the reading on Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory.
Student personnel point of view encompasses the student as a whole. The concept of education is broadened o the student’’s well rounded development- physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually as well as intellectually. (sppv) Student affairs not only emphasize on academic excellence but to shape each individual as a unique human by providing a holistic learning and living environment. Student Affairs professionals play a pivotal role in the development of the students. By applying different theories in student development, they can foster student learning to help them shape their identity. Student affairs staff members must view themselves as educators to refute the belief that learning is held only in the classroom. (contested issue, 29). Learning does not only occur in the classroom but through out of class activities as well. Student affairs staff should talk about student learning and development to enhance the multiplicity of growth areas for students in higher education. These learning and development experiences do not simply happen to students. They happen with their active involvement. There are numerous branches of fields in student affairs that attend to the unique needs of each individual. Residence Director trains Residence assistance to cater to the needs of first year students who are new to the college environment. RA plays a major role of introducing the life of college through building relationships and community to help them develop their sense of
Unlike high school, university can be a stressful time for many people. It will be a totally new experience, thrust into a world of caring for yourself and taking charge of your own studies
In this essay I will be assessing the different areas of a student transitioning to university. I will be discussing the key issues and challenges, which students may experience within their transitions and how they will be able to deal with the difficulties they may have during their first year of university, in addition to this there are strategies and actions they can take in order for their transition to be effective. The experience students have can all vary on different students individual perspectives. This could all determine on the kind of students that will be studying at the university, firstly you have students who will be studying within their region or those who decides to move abroad to study which are known as international students.
The inquiry training model was developed by Richard Suchman in 1962 (Calhoun, Joyce, and Weil, 2009). The inquiry model has been adapted and used in classrooms all around the world as a powerful tool to develop independent learners. This paper will discuss how the inquiry model is formed to help make learners independent by using the five phases. This paper will then discuss how the model is structured to develop independent learners. Finally, this paper will give an example of the usage of the model.