I am deeply interested in this Safe and Caring Schools in a Complex World – A Guide for Teachers
Here are some relevant points summarised:
- Internal Diversity
Problems with disciplines and disrespect for others – which are often attributed to diversity was embraced
- Internal Redundancy
The complement of diversity is similarity or redundancy – the quality that enables a collective to be interactive and to work together productively
- Decentralized Control
This sort of activity can enable the teacher to shift away from the role of the “teacher as an expert” and toward “teacher as participant” in the learning collective
Decentralized control enables the teacher to participate in the evolution of the collective personality of the classroom.
The focus here is more on being prepared than having plans
- Enabling Constraints
The instructions served as enabling constraints
Complexity research does not advocate that structures be abandoned, merely that they be organized in ways that allow for unpredictable and oftentimes imaginative outcomes.
- Neighboring Interactions
Here knowledge is explained:
- Knowledge Now – knowing is doing
Complexity research recasts knowledge in relational terms.
A system’s knowledge is its range of possible action – that repertoire of doing that enables it to hold together, to adapt, to thrive.
- Engaging Interest – knowing is being
- Experiential Learning/Skill Practice – knowing is becoming
- New Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes – knowing is belonging
Practical Application – Knowing is doing, being, becoming, belonging
The question, is not of the presence of complexity, but rather harnessing it for learning experiences.
Although the above guidelines are recommended mainly for designing and delivering lessons in the classroom environment, I found many common themes with the design and delivering of online courses. This is especially so when I participated in CCK08 and CCK09 MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) where most of the points discussed above were incorporated into the course structure and delivery. Currently, I am participating in this Critical Literacies Course, and so the notion of Knowing is doing, being, becoming and belonging do make sense. I would however like to learn the perspectives of the instructors and peers on the use of Personal Learning Environment (PLE), and how they would view knowing when learning with a diverse media and spaces.
I would need to take more time to reflect on the significance of Web 2.0 and PLE and how it has harnessed my learning experiences. This would be shared in the coming posts.