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sj83 | Valedictorian

Posted September 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM via web

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How does learning connect with performance at various levels (individual, work process, and organization).

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM (Answer #1)

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Learning is the process of acquiring and storing information, committing it to long term memory. 

The connection between learning and performing is that one enables the other. When we perform actions, the kinesthetic processes are enabled by our brain, who becomes in both hemispheres thus creating habitual routines that are what, ultimately, commit information to memory. 

In not so many words, when we move and employ our fine and gross motor skills, we engage the body and activate cognitive skills such as problem solving, classification, organization, deductive thinking, inferencing, and more. When these dynamics take place, we unlock emotions, attachments, and tendencies that will enforce, repel, or extinguish specific actions and behaviors. 

This being said, behaviors are precisely what we mainly acquire through learning. A change in behavior is, technically, what learning produces.  

Individual-When we "do" activities that eventually become habit, we are acquire and change our behaviors. That, is learning.

Work- When we are given new sets of rules and limitations, such as it happens in the workplace, we learn to taper our behavior to meet the requirements of the new situation. The ability to know how to differentiate behaviors depending on the scenario is deep-level learning. 

Organization- I am not sure if you meant organizational learning or how organizational skills affect learning, so I will go with the latter. Organizing is a problem solving skill because it requires for you to classify, categorize, and rank variables. Once you have all of your information well-categorize, you learn to recognize what is in store for you in the long run. Taking the time to analyze information to the point of organizing it either by classification or by hierarchy is one of the biggest enablers of learning. This is because, when you organize, you break down one big concept into its smaller components. This will lead  you to understand better what you are dealing with and, as a result, learning will again occur. 

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