Analysis of development needs and learning styles
Using our current annual appraisal system for members of staff I have identified a gap in the development needs for me and a member of my team. The development needs were identified by on the job skills gaps with regards to populating databases on the computer etc. I then matched the criteria from the job descriptions and personal specifications and identified the areas for development. My development need was to learn the new revised information governance policy which is one of the requirements of my role. It had been identified that the other team member had a gap in her Information Technology training, a lot of database population is now required within her role, which she felt she did not have a clear understanding/competence of. I then set about identifying my own and the other member of the teams learning styles; this was done using the learning styles questionnaire (40-item version) published by Peter Honey. After answering all the questions and checking the results I had a strong preference as a theorist learner and the other member of the team a pragmatist. The difference in the learning styles is as follows: Theorist
A theorist will learn most easily form activities where (The following list is not exhaustive) * They have time to be methodical and to explore the associations and inter-relationships between ideas, events and situations * They have the chance to question and probe the basic methodology, assumptions or logic behind something, e.g. by taking part in a question and answer session * They are in structured situations with a clear purpose * They are require to understand and participate in complex situations * They are offered interesting ideas and concepts, even though they may not be immediately relevant A theorist will find it more difficult to learn from activities where (The following list is not exhaustive) * They are required to do something without enough...
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