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date: 16 April 2024

2. p. 21Understanding How You Learnlocked

2. p. 21Understanding How You Learnlocked

  • Kevin GallagherKevin GallagherNewcastle Business School, Northumbria University


This chapter examines a range of concepts that underlie the personal development planning process. At the heart of this process are the themes of personal reflection and experiential learning. The chapter then introduces the mainstream theories of experiential learning; these include the ‘learning cycle’ and ‘learning styles’. It also looks at the concept of ‘cognitive apprenticeship’, reinforcing the view that much of our learning is a socially based experience in which we learn with and through others. The fact that we cannot always (accurately) see our own strengths and weaknesses lends weight to the argument that others (e.g. mentors) can help us in our learning.

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