FIRST TO LEARN: AN EXPLORATION OF LIFELONG LEARNING TO ENHANCE MCDP 7

dc.contributor.advisorYoder, Elliott C.
dc.contributor.advisorAugier, Mie-Sophia E.
dc.contributor.authorMolano, Melanie J.
dc.contributor.corporateDepartment of Defense Management (DDM)
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-27T01:37:49Z
dc.date.available2021-08-27T01:37:49Z
dc.date.issued2021-06
dc.description.abstractIn order to gain an intellectual edge against adversaries, Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 7 Learning establishes the Marine Corps’ learning philosophy and explains why continuous learning is necessary to be successful in warfighting. Its learning philosophy is grounded in neuroscience, psychology, and andragogy; however, it does not draw upon the literature on lifelong learning. This thesis explores if there are conceptual elements of lifelong learning that can be used to leverage, strengthen, and expand MCDP 7’s learning philosophy. In order to achieve this objective, a lifelong learning conceptual framework is constructed, comprising three themes: time frame, context, and purpose. It provides a case study on Benjamin Franklin, an empirical example of a lifelong learner who achieved extraordinary success. Using the lifelong learning conceptual framework, an analysis is conducted on MCDP 7 and the Franklin case study, comparing the lifelong learning themes in Franklin’s life to those in MCDP 7. This thesis finds that MCDP 7 includes some, but not all, of the subcomponents within each lifelong learning theme that are prevalent in the Franklin case. This thesis recommends the addition of a non-formal learning context to complement formal and informal learning. Furthermore, it recommends areas for future research that can broaden MCDP 7’s philosophy to increase buy-in from Marines and instill a deeper connection to learning that can be sustained over time.en_US
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dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.identifier.curriculumcode815, Acquisitions & Contract Management
dc.identifier.thesisid35035
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/67784
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMaster of Business Administration (MBA) Professional Reports
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorlifelong learningen_US
dc.subject.authorMarine Corps Doctrinal Publication 7 Learningen_US
dc.subject.authorMCDP 7en_US
dc.titleFIRST TO LEARN: AN EXPLORATION OF LIFELONG LEARNING TO ENHANCE MCDP 7en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.typeMBA Professional Projecten_US
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etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMaster of Business Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Business Administrationen_US
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