Reflectionon Learning and Working as a Team
TheApplied Business Project (ABP) within the luxury brand managementpathway is a unique applied learning experience within a luxuryindustry consulting-related environment with the real company. Theauthor`s topic is in the form of a strategic business issue which thecompany is requiring researched and providing the business questionsin an in-depth manner. By applying different learning theories, theauthor could use skillful concepts and frameworks that describe howthe information being taught to the learners is absorbed for easyretrieval during the assessment. Different learning methods areinfluenced by both cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors aswell as early exposure to teaching experiences. For learning to beeffective, there is a need to understand the teaching skills requiredin a world view. Different targets in education have been advocatedby behaviorists to enhance the aspect of knowledge conditioning.
Someeducators embrace a theory that focuses on the definition of learningas a process of Behavioural change. Learning is a teamwork activitythat involves the absorption of the environmental behaviors ratherthan the complexes of the human memory. Other educationists advocatefor learners to rely on the abilities depending on what they alreadyknow as the way of acquiring knowledge through constructivism.
2.Learning theories and Learning process
2.1Problem Based Learning (Please develop and evaluate more on PBL, itis “problem” not “project” based learning, for 100 words)
PBLcan be evaluated using based learning procedures that are designed toprovide solutions to problems. It begins by setting goals andobjectives that the learner wishes to achieve. After the studentdevelops their output such as documentaries of a journal they allowfor critique. A critique can be done online if the work is posted toother learning websites for review. The learners take the critiquesseriously integrating the useful recommendations into their workuntil a creative solution to their problems is developed.Problem-based learning is also graded using extends in which thelearner has used appropriate strategies to solve the problems.
Problem-basedlearning (PBL) is an instructional and curricular approach that“empowers learning to conduct research, integrate theory andpractice and apply knowledge and skills to develop a viable solutionto a defined problem” (Savery, 2006, p. 12). The reflectivethinking skills and solving real-life issues ability are an essentialoutcome of undergraduate business education(Rosenbaum, Otalora & Ramírez, 2015).This is a teaching process whereby students acquire knowledge andskills within an extended period carrying out various investigationsthat allow them to respond to a problem. Students using this methoduse official engagements that develop complex questions to solvedifferent challenges. For this Applied Business Project, it issignificant to use PBL for applying knowledge and skills that developa viable solution to defined problems.
Constructivismtheory is a learning method that is based on observation skills usinga scientific study. This learning method allows people to learn howto construct their understanding and knowledge by visualizing theirexperiences. In this learning process, individuals use theirexperiences to reflect on issues affecting their communities.Additionally, people unite together to analyze their experiencesthrough a careful reflection. A careful reflection may be used tochange previous ideas that people believed in by exploring new ideasthat have been well assessed by a group of scholars (Graue,2015).
Moreover,constructive learning encourages students to utilize their effectivetechniques and skills such as experiments to analyze real-timeproblems. As a result, the students can create more sensible andinformed findings that help them to understand key elements needed bya team to collaborate while understanding a change within theirenvironment. To achieve a successful constructive learning, teachersmust create a real collaboration with the students to find the usefultechniques that guide their activities well (Kuhlthau,Maniotes & Caspari, 2015).
Appreciativeinquiry is the change in methodology that has been based on thetheories from the organization behavior disciplines. It is practicedin the sciences of sociology and psychology using well-definedmetaphysics. Educationists who uphold this learning method call itthe way of being and doing things differently (Knipfer,Kump, Wessel, & Cress, 2013).Additionally, Appreciative Inquiry can be referred to a perspectiveof the world that makes individuals see themselves and theirsurrounding world better by appreciating what they see with theireyes. People use this language to be sensitive to their language usedepending on how perfect they ask questions, tell tales and definecollective destinies(Wilson, 2014).
3.Analysis of personal learning and improvements
3.1Critical Knowledge and Success Skills
Thiselement is mainly concerned with the learning goals and criticalthinking that address the problem being solved through acollaborative self-management. In Problem-Based Learning, the authorsets up questions that challenge the problem being investigated. Thequestions are meant to probe further to understand the level ofchallenges facing the problem(Savery, 2015).
Authenticityelement ensures that student uses real-world context and the expectedstandards to ensure that the research is up to date. As such,students achieve their decisions by creating appropriate choices thatinform their research. Often, PBL uses Reflection as a way of makingStudents effectiveness on their inquiries made within the projectactivities.
InPBL, students are exposed to Critique & Revision forums. In thisway, students are given different reviews that help them to organizetheir thoughts well in a sustainable way. Exposure to critiquesenables students to revise their research to achieve the mostappropriate solution to solve a problem. After that, students createtheir project research by explaining and presenting to theirclassmates.
Whileidentifying their research solutions, students work in teams tocollect data and analyze it to achieve meaningful information that isrequired in PBL(Revans, 2011).
3.2Personal improvements for the future
Managementof group communication
Communicationis an essential skill in teamwork. Poor communication does projectsto stall due to the good communication of the team’s objectives andother deliverables. Development of group cultures has been noted tobe useful in creating a uniform communication in a group with diverseculture. Interpretation of project goals and clear outline of thedeadlines also helps to minimize misinterpretations and assumptions.Adoption of communication tools such as nominal group techniques thatentail appropriate body language, active listening skills, anduniting teammates in group settings often to learn their mate`spersonalities (Ernest & Sharon, 2005).
Managingresponsibilities within groups
Tohandle responsibilities, team leaders use team mate`s competencies toassign members duties that they can perform comfortably. Dutiesshould be equally distributed among the team members to avoidoverloading some members. Team leaders also analyze their employee’sperformance to make sure that all the teammates are taking theirresponsibilities well to achieve the set goals (Ernest & Sharon,2005).
Inany group work environment, conflicts always occur. Conflicts such aspoor leadership, communication issues, and conflict of interest canbe easily managed to maximize team’s effectiveness. Methods ofdealing with such conflicts entail the adoption of usefulproblem-solving techniques that addresses all the issues withoutaffecting their performance. Good communication techniques must thusbe employed to address people`s faults such as poor leadership, thedifference in personalities, employee remunerations throughmotivation to minimize conflict of interests (Whetton,2005).
4.Synthesis of learning theories and personal experiences
PBLis more concerned with Student characteristic. It helps in analyzingdifferent approaches to learning and other considerations such asgender and personal preferences. Working in teams promotes goodattributes such as presentation skills and teamwork building amongthe members. Also, the learning helps in development of goodleadership roles and skills from the increased learning interactions
PBLallows individuals to apply a base of the knowledge acquired. As aresult, they continue to nurture their reasoning and judgment whilestill boosting their decision-making skills. Other skills gained fromPBL are self-self-directed learning, collaborative working skills,and development of professional attitudes.
Learnershave applauded the useful learning method stating that it has helpedthem to develop personal skills such as creative thinking through thethrough engagement of learners in classwork. Communication skills arealso nurture since the students are given the opportunity to developresearch`s and present them using different forms. This learningprocess is thus crucial for learners who want to develop theirprofessional attitudes.
Appreciativeinquiry learning process enables individuals to develop theirpersonal attributes that help them to manage change and adapt to suchchanges. Some of the skills obtained through the appreciative inquirytraining are the ability to think positively and encouragement ofothers to be more positive. Additionally, the learning theory helpsindividuals to identify and improve their skills in decision making.Communication skills are also enhanced in appreciative inquiry asmembers focus on strengthening their relationships within a positiveenvironment. Management and leadership skills are also developedduring activities when leaders seek to manage organizational changesto promote positive imagery.
Thoughthis ABP learning experience, the author were successfully able toapply theoretical concepts to business situations Posted in realityprogramming, reflect the possibility she can learn how to implementPBL theories to practice. Thus her personal improvements wereintegrating learning theories and practices by applying knowledge andskills to enhance a viable solution to a real-life businesssituation.
4.1The Action Plan cycle can be detailed under the following categories
Actionlearning involves teamwork. The trainers invite people to be part ofthe change required by the people. The educators call people tosupport the culture being imposed by the students to promoteownership. Action learning also helps in reduction of projectsrejection as people feel that its significance is less among thestakeholders. Action learning ensures that the required changes aresuggested by the project beneficiaries by accommodating their effortsinto the project design (Fraser,2015).
Inthis phase, the author seeks to understand the problem by having akeen focus on their scope of the issue being investigated.
Feelingsand thoughts of the authors are put together on the subject matter.The learners utilize this phase to express their feelings andthoughts about the highlighted action. During the discovery offeelings, people use their collective wisdom to visualize theexpected future or the desired change among the people`s culture(Avalos, 2011).
Thenext phase is evaluation stage. In this step, a person carries out athorough Evaluation of good and bad sides of the suggested change.During this stage, a SWOT analysis is performed to look into thestrengths weaknesses, threats’ and the strongholds that areassociated with a given type of change.
Analysisphase allows people to look into the matter using the acquired assetsto come up with a system that can be followed by teams incollaborative discussions. Analysis tends to find ways that will makestrategies happen based on the past experiences and the desiredfuture(Baldwin, 2016).
Theconclusion is the last phase of ABP it summarizes all the requiredsteps in collaborative learning highlighting the main point that needto be emphasized (Mooney& Ourston, 2011).
Learningtheories is a subject in teaching that has been designed to helpstudents with the most crucial concepts and strategies that help theresearchers to obtain their research findings without difficulties.It involves teamwork to relate different educational theories becausethe selection of a teaching approach slightly varies from one topicsubject to the other (Birim et al., 2016).
Ineducational settings and perspectives, the primary emphasis is oftenunder the cognitive theories that allow the students to create theirfindings biased on the beliefs, skills, and knowledge construction.However, the behavioral principles have been used in detail by otherscholars that understand the role their Behaviour plays in theirimmediate environment to get answers to their investigations (Mooney& Ourston, 2011).
Auseful research theory allows investigators to use the mostappropriate methodologies to carry out data analysis and obtain thestriking findings that inform their research. Therefore, it issignificant for researchers to adopt better strategies that fit wellwithin their topic subject to avoid inconveniences during theinvestigation period. Lastly, although different learning theoriesvary from one context to the other, they are all interrelated in thatthey help learners to create sustainable findings to find theproblems being investigated using teamwork. Teamwork is thus usefulto students because they offer critiques and opinions throughout theresearch process (Graue, 2015).
Ineducational settings and perspectives, the primary emphasis is oftenunder the cognitive theories that allow the students to create theirfindings biased on the beliefs, skills, and knowledge construction.However, the behavioral principles have been used in detail by otherscholars that understand the role their Behaviour plays in theirimmediate environment to get answers to their investigations (Mooney,& Ourston, 2011).
Avalid research theory allows investigators to use the mostappropriate methodologies to carry out data analysis and obtain thestriking findings that inform their research. Therefore, it issignificant for researchers to adopt better strategies that fit wellwithin their topic subject to avoid inconveniences during theinvestigation period. Lastly, although different learning theoriesvary from one context to the other, they are all interrelated in thatthey help learners to create sustainable findings to find theproblems being investigated using teamwork. Teamwork is thus usefulto learners because they offer critiques and opinions throughout theresearch process (Graue, 2015).
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