Thomas Edison State Collage
2004-05-ENC-101-OL009: English Composition I
Fast food, Gardening and Budgeting Money are activities that you can gain knowledge through participation, observation or both participation and observation. The question I would ask, “How do you know things?” I bet everyone ask that question sometime in their lives. I know, I have asked that question a few times. When I think back on how I learned to do a few things I know that I did and did not have the knowledge to do, but through participation, observation or both participation and observation I did gain knowledge.
Like fast food, I can remember going to McDonalds with my family for a ...view middle of the document...
That day I gained my knowledge both by participation and observation, though the stronger of the to was by participation. Though observing my brother did teach me how to eat a hamburger in two bites.
Something that I learned by observation was budgeting money. My mother used to pay all the bills in our family. She had a ledger and an old style-adding machine to keep track of the bills. She would teach me this and that on how to keep records for paying bills. Later when I was out on my own, I would use the skills she taught me to keep my bills. At first, I was not very good keeping my bills up to date. Nevertheless, over time I learned the skill.
About ten years ago, I bought a new house with no front lawn. I wanted a lawn in the front yard, so I bought a gardening book. I took the time to read the chapters on sprinklers and laying sod. When I was ready, I went to Home Depot and bought the martial I needed to install the sprinklers and sod. Then I started digging the pathway for the sprinkler measuring out the distance for each sprinkler. When I had completed the sprinklers, I backfilled the pathway and installed the sod. I laid each piece of sod one next to the other cutting way the areas around the sprinklers until the yard was done. When I started all my knowledge was by observation, though when I was done laying the lawn I had knowledge by both observation and participation.
Everyone has knowledge; it will always be gain by either observation, participation or both participation and observation, only the person who has the knowledge will know really how they gained it.