Managing Own Continuous Professional Development Essay
OSCA No.: 4635
M5.31 Managing Own Continuing Professional Development
1. Be able to review personal and work-related development experiences, aims, objectives and priorities.
2.1 Evaluate prior learning and work-related experience to identify personal strength and weaknesses in self-development.
Humans by nature never stop learning; we undertake learning at different stages of our lives and acquire skills and competences in variety of areas. These learning may have been certified (by an academic or educational body) whilst others are not certified learning through work, social and leisure time activities. Recognising …show more content…
In Kolb’s theory, the ingredients for development of new concepts are provided by relative new experiences. Kolb states that learning needs abstract concepts that can be applied flexibly in different situations. (Kolb, 1984)
In every situation that present itself, an accompanying learned experience is needed to overcome and adapt with the situation. The knowledge acquired from these experiences is valuable to come up with better decisions and as a better manager.
There are four stages learning cycle that represent Kolb’s Experiential Learning Style Theory:
Concrete Experience - a new experience of situation is encountered or a reinterpretation of existing experience.
Reflective Observation – a thorough thinking of the new experience, particularly in any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.
Abstract Conceptualisation – reflecting on new experience gives rise to a new idea or a modification of an existing abstract concept.
Active Experimentation – the learner applies the new concept to its environment to see the results. (Kolb, 1984)
Formal learning is organised and structured and has its