Learning disabilities and social systems LO25718

From: Peggy Stuart (pstuart@ctt.bc.ca)
Date: 11/30/00

Hi all:

I just read "Many approaches to organizational learning are based on an
opposing set of values that focuses on human shortcomings and group
learning disabilities. Such approaches follow a normative path by claiming
that organizations and groups cannot learn unless they follow some
prescriptive model of training or intervention. Rather than presuming that
all organizations suffer from learning disabilities, practitioners should
focus on a wellness model, that learning process and potential exist in
most organizations as social systems." (DiBella, A., Gearing up to become
a learning organization, Journal for Quality & Participation, Jun97, Vol.
20 Issue 3)

This seems to ring true ... I have found literature that, implicitly and
explicitly, proposes that to build a LO, we need to help employees learn
to learn. Although I am sure that there are people within my organization
that do not understand how to effectively learn, I am also sure that there
are people that do know how to learn, and are in fact learning.

I am not entirely convinced that this is an either/or situation. Maybe I
should be concentrating on is not only finding ways to help those that
need to learn how to learn, but also find these social systems to find out
what and how they are learning?

Your thoughts would be appreciated!




Peggy Stuart <pstuart@ctt.bc.ca>

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