Kahlil Gibran said that a wise teacher “does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind”.
Understanding that modern management requires the practical implementation of skills learned has seen the emphasis in education shifting more towards perceptions, creative thinking and learning. It is argued that the complete being needs to be engaged in the “learning space”, a concept introduced by Alice and David Kolb (2005) in an attempt to explain the complex, dynamic nature of learning.
To create a learning space that promotes growth-producing experiences for students, educators must acknowledge that students are the principle players in the teaching-learning transaction and not passive minds to be ‘filled’ with the lecturer’s knowledge. The impact of the three modes, head (cognitive), heart (emotion) and hands (physical) stimulated together can shift a student’s perspective in a way that a focus on the cognitive part alone cannot.
Milpark recognises the complexity of the learning environment and for this reason enhances the learning space through the use of practical learning which enables the student to perform the skill in an environment or context as similar to real life as possible; it allows the student to immerse in the milieu and practice the skill. The role of the educator is to observe, measure, report, debrief and provide a mechanism for expert feedback. Learning takes place through a process of trial and error with guidance and expert feedback – feedback that should be as immediate as possible but should not interrupt actually performing the skill or the learning process.
The separation between thinking (formulation) and acting (implementation) is discouraged because the world does not stand still while the formulation process takes place. Milpark recognises the complexity of the learning space and that learning takes place through only a partly controlled, creative conscious process. Conversational learning, acting and reflecting, feeling and thinking, and influencing, allows students to discover new ways of seeing the world while gaining knowledge.
Modern management requires the practical implementation of skills learned, not the regurgitation of theory. Without the application of knowledge, students will struggle to adapt to an ever-changing workplace.
This is great!