Marsick and Watkins (1990, pp. 36-7) raised several points in their “Strategies for enhancing learning from everyday experience” which are new and interesting to me. I will discuss two of them in the following section.
1. Marsick and Watkins claimed that people have to make rapid assumptions about other people and situations, so as they can manage their busy everyday lives. While in my personal opinion, I would always avoid make judgement about people and situations. I used to work as a journalist, and witnessed many things turned out totally against what they were supposed to be. For example, a loyal, “perfect” husband turned out to be a liar and cheated on his wife; a well respected professor trumped up a charge against his colleague because his colleague is an academic rival.
Being a media practitioner myself, i understand that if we make wrong assumption or judgement, it is not only ourselves but also our audiences might be influenced, and the result can be disastrous. So i always avoid make quick assumptions or judgements about people. I believe observation and time are necessary for making any conclusion.
2. Marsick and Watkins pointed out that people should question and challenge familiar situation by problematize them. This is a new angle of viewing things to me. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I merely make assumptions or judgements in order to avoid falling into traps of stereotype, thus I can always ask new questions when things developing. Marsick and Watkins’ method seems like a good way of reviewing things, but not everyone have the time to “leaving it again for a day or two” for “naive new questions.”