Being in Learning Mode

Presented by Associate Professor Peter Heslin

SEA Lecture by Peter Heslin

Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series

Why is it that leaders often learn little from their leadership experiences? Why do students often not seem to learn a great deal from many of their educational and work experiences?

Associate Professor Heslin and his colleagues have defined being in learning mode as deliberately cycling through relevant approach, action, and reflection experiential learning processes, when holding more of a growth than a fixed mindset.

During this interactive presentation, Peter will unpack the theoretical and empirical basis of this definition and describe how AGSM MBA (Executive) students are primed to be in learning mode throughout and beyond their formal management education. Insights from preliminary research about how other educators from a range of UNSW faculties cue their students to be in learning mode suggest promising practices that might be applied across campus.

Attendees will also be shown how to get themselves more fully in learning mode about a skill they would personally like to master.  

Learn more about Associate Professor Peter Heslin

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Peter is an Associate Professor of Management and Academic Fellow of Warrane College who lives his passion for discovering and sharing useful ideas through his highly cited research, teaching, and consulting focused on the role of mindsets and being in learning mode within management, leadership development, and career success.

He co-developed (with Geoff Mortimore) and is Course Coordinator of The Executive Blueprint and Managing Yourself and Others. These highly-rated courses, which launch AGSM students into their Master of Business Administration (Executive) and Master of Management programs, are designed to prime students to be in learning mode, as manifest by proactively learning from not only their academic studies but also from their class colleagues and throughout their career. Beyond our UNSW campus, Peter has delivered celebrated workshops on how to be in learning mode both internationally and locally in organisations including BHP, Downer, CSIRO, the Department of Industry, and Westpac. Read more