The Action Social Learning keys

The human being is immersed in a process of constant evolution, however, the history of pedagogy shows how the foundations of social action learning follow the main guidelines of learning based on observation developed since the early Homo sapiens.

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At that stage, individuals learned by observing and replicating other, and in doing or practicing sum. This did not change and even times of the Middle Ages, observational learning was based on the repetition of a given by a teacher or mentor who acted as guide the student pattern. Observational learning was especially used in the acquisition of new skills for the practice of a profession that requires mastery of a technique. In the next post I will try to analyze the reason for this change with the arrival of the Enlightenment.

From this perspective, human beings can not only learn from their own experience but also by example guide another person acting as an imitable model. This is the essence of social action learning as present in the company.

What is social learning and how it benefits a business corporation?

  1. It rat of a collaborative learning process that acquires its maximum expression in the technological age. Social networks, online courses and video conferences are a clear example of how knowledge is a social good. During the Middle Ages, the students did their training process in a personalized way. In the current context, technologies allow learning to live in community.
  2. In the field of business, the team leader acts as a mentor of knowledge of the group he leads. That is, model workers and internalize the attitudes and behaviors of the direct superior, employees, team members or anybody else of the company. To be learning this possibility must be close communication between mentor and student.
  3. The social learning offers important development opportunities in the company to provide organizations with the necessary infrastructure to encourage collaborative learning. For example, it is possible to develop learning actions or online training programs providing students the means to interact with others. For example, through social, corporate and personal networks, creating blogs and thematic forums. Formats and video podcast also facilitate collaborative knowledge.
  4. The social learning responds to the relational essence of the human being that part of the premise that sharing knowledge is key to enhancing the common good. Well that was a common axis of society in the Middle Ages and that breaks with the stereotype of individualism so characteristic of our time.

In this type of learning that promotes innovation, professionals assume a passive but an active and creative role. Each participant not only draws on the ideas of others but also brings its own views. They do and see, see and do. The key to organizational learning is teamwork as an engine of excellence.