My Approach to Learning Tasks

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Different learners have different needs; they differ from, example, in their learning goals, their prior knowledge, their learning styles, and their cognitive abilities. Since I have never dismounted a gearbox before, research is a must. Browsing through the internet will be helpful to find user manuals or any information such as video tutorials. Further information can also be gained from a professional mechanic. Theorizing is important because it gives solution to questions. With the aid of the theory, one can put theory to practice, by gathering all information together and apply it to dismantle the gearbox. Experimenting and experimenting, begins.

While experimenting, reflection and revision the information can be essential to complete the new task. This is how, I would proceed to learn a new task. Next time, after this first trial, I may have a simpler and a less time consuming method to redo this task. Kolb's learning theory sets out four distinct learning styles, which are based on a four stage learning cycle. In this respect Kolb's model is particularly elegant, since it offers both a way to understand individual people's different learning cycles and also an explanation of a cycle learning which applies to all of us. The principle of Kolb's learning cycle consist of the following four stages of learning.

  • Assimilating is a combination of Abstract Conceptualization and Reflective Observation.

— means that people first like to think and watch.

  • Diverging is a combination of Concrete Experience and Reflective Observation.

— means that people first like to feel and watch.

  • Converging is a combination of Abstract Conceptualization and Active Experimentation.

— means that people first like to do that particular thing and then think about it.

  • Accommodation is a combination of Concrete Experience and Active Experimentation.

— means that people first like to do that particular thing and then to feel.

I prefer thinking than to act. Reading with demonstrations if possible, is preferred for learning. I respect the knowledge of experts. In my opinion, listening to logical and thoughtful conversation is a good way to learn. Carrying out plans and participating in new and challenging experiences with others, is delectable. Furthermore, learning model styles do exist such as; Felder-Silverman learning style, Honey and Mumford's Model and Anthony Gregorc's Model. These models are similar and based on each other.

Engineering failure is considered as an engineering disaster. For example collapse of bridges, rail accidents, airplanes and so on. Primary causes behind this, are human factors, design flaws, material flaws, extreme conditions or environments and combination of these reasons. From these accidents, engineers need to first investigate the causing factors behind the incident and then learn from them. The following procedures, such as identification and response, reporting, investigation, identifying casual structure, making recommendations, communicating and recall incident learning, and implementing corrective actions, should be made.Part of the learning process is to recall previous incidents and to visualize possible failure modes that have not yet occurred to prevent engineering failure.



Derick Vella