The Learning Approach For Learning

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i. At one time or another, in an individuals’ working life, they will be expected to learn about at least one aspect of operations the of the company in which they are employed with. Burns (1995, p 99) ‘conceives of learning as a relatively permanent change in behaviour with behaviour including both observable activity and internal processes such as thinking, attitudes and emotions.’ Learning is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience or being taught.’ Therefore, if we are to take into consideration these two viewpoints, we can deduce that there is more than one approach to learning. The learning approach used will vary due to several factors which can include the size of the…show more content…
Despite the benefits which go along with coaching, it has proven to be quite time consuming as the coach sometimes fall behind on other mandatory responsibilities. The issue of dependency sometimes may also arise as the new team member, depending on their personality may feel reluctant to work independent of the coach. Therefore, for this reason organizations can choose to take into consideration the learning style of the new employee as Honey, P & Mumford, A (1982) are of the view that there are four classes of learners; the activist, reflector, theorist and pragmatist. (DEFINE PRAGMATIST) Paris, K., & Mason, S. (1995) states that ‘job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker.’ Shadowing, similarly to coaching most times utilizes a more senior employee who is competent in business operations. Unlike coaching it is not as time consuming and it is the person who is being shadowed who completes tasks whilst the individual who shadows most times merely observes. However, this form of learning approach may be more suitable for students or interns who are not expected to produce or reproduce these job related tasks within the company as this type
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