Learning motivated: Further education is pointless!

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Continuing education is a priority. There is even a German training day and Company spend billions for the personnel development. But how useful is prescribed education really?

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Continuing education with compulsion?

German companies spend 27 billion euros a year on training their employees. A good part of it could just as well be spent on lollipops. Because the usual training measures bring little.

They are as attractive to human brains as the term sounds - education as a coercive measure. But people learn particularly well when they can determine what they learn. If you have the freedom to try new things. That's lifelong learning Sense.

But where is the core of the problem? Lifelong learning and continuing education are often used keywords: especially in times of crisis, it is summoned, indeed demanded by employees and the self-employed.

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What is lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is the ability and, above all, the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the labor market by expanding their knowledge and skills.

However, the training measures with which the new competences are to be learned seldom fulfill what they promise. A bit of polemic is needed - because we need a new approach and a discussion about new forms of continuing education.

That is how our brain learns

The thesis of lifelong learning is not wrong: Brain researchers and neurobiologists have now found out that one not only learns in childhood, but actually constantly:

All experiences and experiences influence the activity of our genes and alter the neuronal architecture of our brain. And the quickest way to do that is to understand, complete or correct actions - in other words, to learn creatively.

The neurology

Because the nerve cells of our thinking apparatus are permanently recombined depending on the influences of our environment. The technical term for this is neuroplasticity. Although, in younger people, such interconnections are faster than older ones.

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But with age the experience grows. And the more you already know, the better you can combine new content with already existing knowledge. That's the advantage that the older generation has in learning. Lifelong learning is good if you can do it self-determined.

Why training is meaningless

Unfortunately, this is not the case, as vocational training usually takes place. It is often anything but creative and promotes time rather than learning. A pretty old-fashioned idea!

Problematic is already the conceptuality with which the word training in the general language jargon is often surrounded - it shows treacherously on how to imagine training: Namely controllable!

Telltale phrases

Companies develop company-specific, strategic continuing education concepts. The employment agencies put the unemployed in training and further education measures. And the state promotes the whole thing with education checks and education vouchers.

It is no coincidence that such and similar vocabulary have found their new home just in the field of continuing education: Further training obviously has to be planned in accordance with the standards, so that it leads to success. It must be prescribed as a coercive measure so that people even participate.

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As free as possible

It should cost nothing, neither sweat nor effort, and certainly no money. Therefore, is paid with checks and vouchers - fast and painless. Also the approach behind many further training courses, at first glance obvious, is not uncommon when looking more closely: Continuing education is especially fit for the career.

“Sure!”, We say well and take part in theCourses that our boss or the employment agency serves - because apparently only those who continue their education can find a career or find a job at all. It is often not asked at all whether the course really brings something to its participants.

The concrete benefit is missing!

This is fatal, however: whoever should learn or have to learn something, because it is supposed to be good for his career, but he can not use it at work, is often not motivated to learn properly.

It's like something like telling someone about a biorhythm and particularly productive morning hours in a time management course to someone who mainly works night shifts: there is simply no concrete benefit - an abstract goal "somehow good for your career" is not enough. And that's why further training is everything, just not good for your career.

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  1. Gabriela Bäuml-Westebbe

    Dear Mrs. Janson,

    Thank you very much for this important contribution.
    Without new forms of vocational learning, we will not be able to create the connection to the constantly changing and evolving knowledge. They already have the new didactic approaches. I would like to prepare a guest contribution on your side.

    Gabriela Westebbe
    (Managing Director Samanthanet GmbH & Co.KG)

    • Simone Janson

      Dear Mrs. Bäumle-Vestbbe, exactly with the connection is the problem. I would be very happy about a guest contribution to the topic.
      And thank you for your link via Facebook, to which I refer again here:
      Simone Janson

  2. Alma Mater

    RT @simonejanson: Series Self-determined learns better - why lifelong learning makes sense

  3. Simone Janson

    Series Self-determined learning is better - Why lifelong learning makes sense #Neurology #Learning

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