Thursday, 12 January 2012

Stages of Learning

The other day, I was reading a very interesting concept on learning here, when its broad spectrum application struck me. This was about the various stages of learning as -  

Unconscious Incompetence
The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognise their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage.The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.
Conscious Incompetence
Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.
Conscious Competence 
The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.
Unconscious Competence 
The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.

These stages can be applied to almost all forms of learning that happen here at Edulever - be it learning a new language or acquiring a new skill - vocation, management or behavior and suddenly, it all started looking very simple giving us a fresh perspective while designing learning courses and conducting training.

And, we came up with a list of  a few simple learning facilitation techniques in accordance with each stage:

And, not to forget the last stage of learning which must be avoided by one and all - learners, practitioners and experts across the board; it is Complacency. Caveat!