Personality Development And Small Group Activity 21s


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Personality Development is very important and if students are motivated, early in life, they would be better able to acquire the required life skills and become a better success. As a University Teacher, as a former Director of an Institute of Management, as a Trainer and Motivator, I am convinced that the best thing the educational institutions, at various levels, can do is to initiate the process of self-development, provide the required minimum initial support, and then leave the rest to the students to work out on their own. Some of my ideas are presented under the caption, Personality Development and Small Group Activity. This is a set of 4 presentations. I request the interested friends, whether representing Managements, Faculty or the Students, to kindly go through all the four parts in order to obtain a total view and then make up their mind to begin the exercise.

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Personality Development And Small Group Activity 21s

  1. 1. WhyWhy areare wewe here ?here ? Prof. V.Viswanadham
  4. 4. Anticipate the FutureAnticipate the Future Create the World You WantCreate the World You Want Educational Institutions – particularly teaching Professional Courses – are logical laboratories for learning together . . . how to face challenges at a scale and complexity we have never seen before…. The learning curve for humanity is always an upward spiral. Anticipatory learning provides a solid footing for the climb to a preferred future.
  5. 5. Learning goes beyond knowing to being able to do what one knows
  6. 6. Learn for effective performanceeffective performance Useful Hints for Better Learning Learn for knowledgeknowledge andand skillsskills Learn for long-term retention andlong-term retention and transfertransfer
  7. 7. Individual work X Small Group Activity Significant impact on behaviour and learning
  8. 8. Individual self-interest;Individual self-interest; relationships remain undeveloped;relationships remain undeveloped; shy and hesitating to give and receiveshy and hesitating to give and receive feedback;feedback; learning pace is relatively slower;learning pace is relatively slower; interaction is not extended tointeraction is not extended to important areas such as PD & Soft Skills;important areas such as PD & Soft Skills; pride / jealousy get encouraged,pride / jealousy get encouraged, distancing the students.distancing the students.
  9. 9. Individual orientation gets backseat; relationships begin to develop; giving and receiving feedback becomes easy and natural; learning pace becomes faster; besides curricular, many other important aspects, particularly PD & Soft skills get properly focused; a sense of cooperation, trust, mutual interest & learning orientation get encouraged; adjustment processes are better appreciated; Team skills, Leadership qualities begin to get recognized; better appreciation of mutual dependency; overall development, in a substantial manner and to a sustainable extent becomes a distinct possibility.
  10. 10. Students begin to identifyStudents begin to identify their strengths and gifts,their strengths and gifts, along with weaknesses, if any,along with weaknesses, if any, start recognizing the available opportunitiesstart recognizing the available opportunities much better,much better, compare the same with what others have,compare the same with what others have, and more particularlyand more particularly with what is expected of them,with what is expected of them, learn from others and be willinglearn from others and be willing to allow others to learn from them ~to allow others to learn from them ~ relationship building occurs asrelationship building occurs as improved connections are made.improved connections are made.
  11. 11. What ARE the core skills thatWhat ARE the core skills that Professional education should foster?Professional education should foster? Intellectual Skills, such as critical and constructive thinking analysis, synthesis, problem solving, judgment, decision making, examine values in decisions Interaction Skills influence others, participate in groups and teams, and lead in diverse settings and cultures through better Communication skills,Communication skills, in all its facets ~ written, oral, presentation, reading, listening, appropriate body language
  12. 12. Intellectual Skills Communication Skills Interaction Skills
  13. 13. What and how much gets learned in any situation depends heavily on prior knowledge and experience and on youryour Attitude towards Learning
  14. 14. • Amplification of Input Principle ~ For a little input, learners get a lot of output. • Probing Principle ~ Learning is a cycle of probing the world (doing something); reflecting in and on this action and, on this basis, forming an hypothesis; re-probing the world to test this hypothesis; and then accepting or rethinking the hypothesis.
  15. 15. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead