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Learning Aspects 11 December, 2012

Dr. Jose Kannampuzha

Dr. Jose Kannampuzha, Principal, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirapally led the discussion on “Learning Aspects” on Online Gurukul via A-VIEW on 11th December 2012. The talk was focused towards beginners in learning.

Learning is essentially the process of internalisation of the world which includes the learner as well as the external world. Learning occurs when the learner creates meaning from experience and builds personal interpretations of the world based on individual experiences and interactions.

Domains of Learning

There are three domains of learning.

  • Cognitive Domain: Deals with the thinking process of the learning. It is in this domain that most of the classroom learning takes place.
  • Psychomotor Domain: Deals with the skill of doing things. This is important, for instance, in learning to drive or mastering a musical instrument.
  • Affective Domain: This domain deals with interests, attitudes, domains etc.

Key Aspects of Learning

Enquiry Skills

A good learner should have a thirst for knowledge and should be ready to pose relevant questions. He or she would try to define problems and plans actions. Such a learner would tend to test conclusions and also improve ideas based on these conclusions.

Problem Solving

Learners would come across various kinds of problems in class as well as in life. They should be ready to face these problems, identify them clearly, plan and process the problem, understand the solutions and review the solutions.

Reasoning Skills

Reasoning is a very important aspect of learning. It is the process of correlating effect with the cause. Learners should be able to give reasons or causes for opinions and actions. They should be able to make inferences based on the opinions and take decisions.

Creative Thinking Skills

Creative Thinking is the ability to generate ideas, extend them and suggest hypotheses for events happening around us. To be successful in learning, it is necessary to apply imagination and keep a look out for alternative methods and explanations.

Information Processing Skills

The ability to locate and collect relevant information is very vital for learners. They should be able to sort and classify information into various sections. It is also important to sequence information in the right order and compare and contrast different kinds of information. Learners should be able to analyse part/ whole relationships of information.

Evaluation Skills

You should be able to evaluate information and judge the value of what you see, hear and do.

Self Awareness Skills

Learners should have some understanding about themselves. Know what you are, how you learn and how you relate to others. Use this understanding to organise your mind and learning methods.

Managing Feelings

Learn to manage your feelings and emotions like anxiety or anger in order to learn effectively. Train yourself to demonstrate resilience in the face of difficulty. This calls for better emotional intelligence.

Empathy

Empathy is the skill to understand others. You should be able to anticipate and predict others’ likely thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Learn to see things from another’s point of view and modify response, if appropriate, in the light of this understanding.

Motivation Skills

Take active part in learning and derive pleasure from the process of learning. Learners should set goals for self and work towards reaching them. Motivate yourselves to focus and concentrate on learning and persist when learning is difficult. It is necessary to get organised to be a successful learner.

Communication Skills

Practice skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing effectively. It is important to express your ideas. However, it is also important to listen to others. Participate effectively in Group Discussions to practice speaking and listening. Read a variety of books including literary works and non – fiction and learn to read critically. Also, practice to write fluently for a range of purposes and audiences. Critically analyse your own writing and others’ writing.

Social Skills

Practice relating to others and take active part in groups. Learn to communicate with different audiences and also to negotiate well. Learners should resolve differences and support the learning of others.

Tips for becoming a Top Scorer in Classroom Environment

To ace in your class performance, try to read the portion which is going to be taught by the teacher the next day and revise your portions regularly. Ensure to maintain continuity of classes. Also, do your assignments by yourself. Ideally assignments should be authentic and should not contain plagiaristic material. Maintain special notes by yourself apart from the notes given in class. These special notes will be of immense help for Post Graduate courses as well.

Career Selection

When it comes to career, discover your passion and your area of interest. All your specialisations should be designed after your passion, because if your fundamentals are strong no one can beat you in your field.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost