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Learning to change
This unit is for people who are thinking about making changes in their lives, such as...
This unit is for people who are thinking about making changes in their lives, such as returning to study or taking a different direction at work. It will help you build on what you already know; consider the choices open to you; use your skills and qualities to achieve change; and make plans for the future.
The aims of section 1 are to:
- provide you with a clear idea of what the unit is about and how it is structured
- help you understand the importance of the word ‘skills’
- start you thinking about your own learning.
- understand that valuable and important learning goes on all the time
- appreciate that learning can involve thinking, doing and feeling
- develop a clearer idea of what you have learned and what qualities, knowledge and skills you already have
- better understand the importance of everyday.
- use feedback to add information about your qualities, knowledge and skills from another perspective
- use academic approaches to learning to increase your understanding of your qualities, knowledge and skills
- reflect on the academic skills you have used.
- explain how the wider social and political context may affect your learning
- choose at least one goal that you would like to work towards and explain why you have chosen that goal
- identify what you can do to help you achieve your goal
- draw up a plan for achieving your goal
- explain how you have used any ideas presented in the unit to identify your goals.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction
- 2 You and your learning
- 2.1 Introduction
- 2.2 Everyday learning – what’s going on?
- 2.3 Why it’s important to be a learner
- 2.4 Gathering evidence – your qualities, knowledge and skills
- 2.5 Mind mapping
- 2.6 Academic skills
- 2.7 Conclusion
- 3 Exploring learning
- 3.1 Introduction
- 3.2 Getting feedback from other people
- 3.3 Your learning – what does ‘theory’ offer?
- 3.3.1 Why it might be useful
- 3.3.2 What problems might you have with this?
- 3.3.3 How might it be possible to integrate theory and personal understanding?
- 3.3.4 The importance of other people in our immediate social and learning environments
- 3.3.5 Communities of practice
- 3.3.6 A ‘health warning’ about groups
- 3.3.7 Entwistle’s theory – students’ approaches to learning
- 3.4 Preparing to move on – connecting theory with skills
- 3.5 Conclusion
- 4 Where next?
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 The wider social context – policy in the UK
- 4.3 What we mean by an action plan
- 4.4 Setting yourself goals
- 4.5 What might help and hinder you
- 4.6 Developing your action plan and thinking about evidence
- 4.7 Conclusion
- 5 Reflecting backwards, reflecting forwards
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 What have I learned about my knowledge?
- 5.3 What have I learned about my skills?
- 5.4 What have I learned about my qualities?
- 5.5 Reflecting on what I have done differently — what was the effect?
- 5.6 Reflecting forward – what am I going to do next?
- 5.7 Conclusion
Learning to change
Being unsure of what you want to do in life (or what you want to study) is not unusual. How to deal with the changes that we want in our lives can be more challenging. You may be unsure about what subject you are interested in or whether you can cope with study at university level. You may be unsure about what path in life to pursue.
This unit takes your life as its starting point. It helps you to think about what you can do already. It then uses this to build up your confidence in your abilities. It uses a mixture of personal reflection, case studies (including three real-life case studies) and ideas about how we learn. This combination equips you to move your life forward.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Learning to change (Y165) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Education course units or view the range of currently available OU Education courses.