Strength and Weaknesses

Having recently being presented with two projects in which I had to both create and present oral performances of selected topics I felt this post was appropriate to make. Looking at myself and how I go about tasks I started identifying my strengths and weaknesses one example being how I struggle to talk in front of people and never know how to word myself. Even though this is a weakness of mine I find that when typing out what it is that I would like to say my message comes across a lot clearer therefore I would say that academic and formal writing for me is a strength.

This has not always been the case though where as during my studies in school my English both in writing and oral was below the average standards. Outside of language abilities and communication I found that I have a lot more strengths and weaknesses about me. Coming from a creative background and studying from a fine art perspective I always try and achieve this hyper realistic finish to my work and pick out faults. This has both up and down factors such as how I feel I am never finished on a piece of work, once completed and reviewing I will find a slight detail out of place and want to start over again although because of this I find myself working to higher standards. In a sense this could be a set back when working within the game industry as an animator/ artist because of the high demand of work and deadlines to meet along with having to accompany one style of work with other team members. This again is a skill I am hoping to develop on.

Briefly looking into a few more strength and weaknesses of mine and only naming a few I find that i tend to steer off topic a lot within all fields of my work this again relating back to meeting a brief and deadlines. I’d like to think of myself as hardworking and constantly creating pieces although sometimes this can be too much where as I could focus on the one piece for an extended amount of time. A final weakness that I have noticed within myself is how I struggle to concentrate on written pieces where as I would much rather be hands on with my work.

Overall I believe it is safe to say that even if something is a weakness there can always be a plus side to this and room to improve, all strengths come with a downside and all weaknesses come with a positive.

Learning Styles

Learning Styles and Behaviour theories:

Within self reflection I have discovered that I work in a more hands on approach (kinesthetic) as well as a visual too meaning I learn from watching; demonstrations, tutorials and methods. There are four scientifically recorded learning style which can be simplified down into VARK (Visual, Audio, Reading and Writing finally Kinesthetic) with each style of gaining information being different and more suited to each individual person. This can be tricky in working and learning environments due to the range in ways people learn it can be hard to tailor to an entire class or workforce’s needs in order to teach and facilitates key information.

Two main ways of educating known and practiced within history would be Behaviourism and Cognitivism.

Behaviourism:

Behaviorism is based on the foundation of positive and negative reinforcement and can be shown within Pavlov’s dog experiment. Pavlov’s idea was in studying a dog and noting how it did not need to learn how to drool when seeing and smelling food this was an unconditioned reaction from birth. In 1902 Pavlov made a discovery in which when a dog observed something associated with the food they would start to salivate it was because of this discovery that he started to play with the idea of conditioning the dogs behaviour.

Within his experiment Pavlov was using a bell as a neutral stimuli along with the food the unconditioned stimulus repeating the ringing of the bell with the food and monitoring the production of the salivation.  Eventually the repetition had condition the dog to salivate more through the bell even without food making this a conditioned stimuli.

Cognitivism:

Cognitivists take on a more accepted modern day method  in believing that learning is an internal, mental process in which we build upon preexisting knowledge. Although not essentially known as a learning method and more so a development of understanding this is the more commonly practiced facilitating method within an educational environment.

This Scaffolding idea or Schema as it is more commonly known is a side branch of congitivism known as constructivism. Taking pre-existing knowledge and experiences and using new information to deter the equilibrium of knowledge in order to accomodate the new knowledge. This can be remembered simply through;

  • WHAT WE KNOW?
  • WHAT WE WONDER?
  • WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

Learning Styles and Motivation:

As previously mentioned about various learning styles and VARK there are also motivational learning style. Extrinsic motivation followed by Intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is where a person is encouraged to engage within an activity for a reward such as going to school and gaining high grades. This is unlike Intrinsic motivation where a person will perform a behaviour or activity for personal gains and rewards.

Kolb had theorised that people learn best from experiences this would be known as experimental learning alongside his theory a cycle was developed;

  • Concrete experience
  • Reflective Observation
  • Abstract Conceptualisation
  • Active Experimentation

Similar to Kolb another theorist Gibbs came up with the reflective cycle Gibbs looked upon reflection from a more humanist perspective considering feelings and how this could affect the outcome. His cycle consisted of five steps;

  • Description
  • Feelings
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion
  • Action

This is not only a very useful method in considering life decisions and future ways of tackling situations but also for evaluating work and practice.