The following model is used to understand the stages we go through while learning. It is also known as the four stages of competence, or the “conscious competence” learning model. Depending on what source of information you are looking at, it can either be traced back to Abraham Maslow or the Thomas Gordon’ Training.
This model provides insight on the psychological states involved in learning a new skill and the process from being unaware of what you do not know to being able to preform the new skill without having to think about it.
Let’s have a look at the 4 stages in the example of “driving a car”:
First Stage: Unconscious Incompetence
My two and a half year old daughter does not know that she cannot drive a car and she probably does not mind, at this stage. She does not know that she does not know how to drive a car: She is unconscious about her incompetence.
Generally speaking, individuals are not too bothered at this stage as they do not recognize the value of learning a skill. When they start to realize the benefit of a new skill, then they move to the next step.[Tweet “Get to know what you don’t know now…”] [Read more…] about The Five Stages Of Learning