Reflection On What I Have Learned In Organizational Behavior

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In order to reflect on what i have learned in Organizational Behavior, i think it is important that we establish two definitions of learning. The first pertains to an academic setting in which i believe learning is merely the ability to learn exactly how to learn. We are creating mental schemas to eventually create knowledge. For example, in grade school they teach you how to read and write, creating a mental schema. Eventually, that same mental schema is turned into an epistemological schema that we apply to something as simple as a “Stop” sign. Within this framework i also believe that grades do not determine who you are, they are simply norms in society that are supposed to give us intrinsic motivation. While that is their aim, they only …show more content…
Transformative learning is “forming frames of reference through critical reflection of assumptions, validating contested beliefs through discourse, taking action on one 's reflective insight, and critically assessing it” (Mezirow, 1997, 11). Within an educational setting, he believes we should foster self-direction to create an environment in which participants become extremely capable of learning from one another. Also, we should help each other learn within problem-solving groups (Mezirow, 1997, 11). Therefore, thinking autonomously is crucial and becoming critically reflective of the assumptions of others is …show more content…
However, what i subconsciously did was learn how to learn. I was very interested in this subject coming into the class because of my father 's book. I thought his points were transformative and I was very interested to see what the class was going to be like. I had an inherent interest in the material that was going to be provided. Also, I had just worked a summer job as an exterior house painter with one of my best friends as my manager. This provided me with both a negative and positive schema to apply to the material. Although I may not have been vocal in class, i was able to apply personal experiences to the material, making it enjoyable to do. You gave us the conventional textbook of Robbins and Judge in which we could draw fundamental thought from. As I argued earlier, there must be diversity to provide different cultural experiences. That was accomplished through our supplementary readings. Bell and Nkomo gave us a contextual experience within an organization from women 's perspectives. Ben and Jerry showed a business that operated out of values, as opposed to Enron who thrived off of materialistic driven rats. In specifically learning how to learn, I didn’t mind the material. I thought deeper to find the root of undermining Organizations. I believe the he idea Mintzberg mentions sums it up; if we are purely working for

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