Credit where credit is due
|December 28, 2010||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
In response to Michelle’s comment below – I did not invent this little theory of learning. Here’s the wikipedia summary here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_stages_of_competence
Over the years I’ve heard a lot of different versions of the learning theory, most recently from my trainer. It’s a theory that seems to work most of the time. Before I knew about this, I would have conversations with family members about the different “kinds” of horse people – mostly based on the level of fear/respect someone had for the horses. The discussion generally resolved into:
Beginners – Horse people who are beginners, but don’t know they are beginners. These people typically have no fear, or at least no imagination and scare the rest of us into an early grave.
Novices – The beginner who has realized they are not invincible. They often struggle with fear issues and have begin to realize how much they have to learn.
Intermediate – A rider who can normally stay on for all 3 gaits, isn’t prone to panicking. Has a healthy respect for the horse, but isn’t generally reactive. Capable on most horses. This rider is cautious, but not dealing with fear.
Advanced – This rider seems to have no fear, but this comes from knowledge rather than ignorance. They can stay balanced and on top of the horse most of the time. Riding seems to come naturally to this person and they seem to move effortlessly across the field on even the most difficult of horses.
Once I learned about the 4 learning stages theory, it fit so nicely into the family discussions we had that it immediately appealed to me.
Does anyone else have any learning theories they especially like and want to share?