Learning to Learn

Download Human PerformanceOrganizational learning has become a buzzword in the business world, and many leading companies aspire to be "learning organizations." As a result, there has been a popularization of terms like experiential learning, action learning, collaborative learning, participatory learning, and so forth. But what-if anything-unites each of these approaches? What does "learning" actually mean? The aspiration to learn something implies that there is something desirable to do or understand that is not within one's capability of doing or understanding. The simplest definition of learning (and one that unites the various learning schools and approaches) is "the process of closing the gap between our aspiration and our ability."

The Learning to Learn module provides a comprehensive overview of the latest learning theories and practices that will assist individuals and their organizations in the process of acquired learning (new knowledge and skills) and the task of significantly upgrading capability through adaptive learning (a transformation and expansion of the meaning-making system). The discussion begins in Attitudes Toward Learning with an investigation of the "nature vs. nurture" question (i.e. whether elite performers are born or made) and describes attitudes that can either promote or undermine development. The Feedback section explores the mechanics of how people learn from experience and suggests guidelines to anticipate and leverage efforts for maximum results. The next section, The Path to Mastery, explains acquired learning and the latest research behind "deliberate practice" leading to mastery. And finally, the module concludes with The Next Level, a presentation on adaptive learning, including practices that can help "upgrade" an individual's capabilities into the top tier of adult development.