#CritLit2010 Critical Literacies

I have also enrolled into the Critical Literacies course led by Stephen Downes and Rita Kop.  Many thanks to Stephen and Rita for their generosity of offering such an open course.

My response to Jenny’s inspiring post on Critical Literacies

Hi Jenny and Mike,
So excited to learn your views, a source of inspiration that reinforces the importance of establishing, refreshing and renewing connections and relationships with each other, the networks, and the community at large, and at times. Jenny, I love your question: Is age an issue? It is a hard one for me to answer, as I have kept on thinking about the “treasure” we have when we grow older – and whether we become wiser or not both mentally and spiritually? Are the wisest great connectors? Would literacies help us in becoming wiser? How about the critical literacies of “relationship building and development”? Is it similar to EQ?
What I treasure most is the relationships we have, that could last for a life time, rather than the mere knowledge we “possess”, which is often ephemeral in “currency”.
We are just a “click” from each other, with internet & web 2.0, so I would take the opportunity in connecting with you, and the closest 6 degrees of separation (new networkers) in this course.
Mike: Your view on the significance of ties make me think deeper into the notion of social construction of knowledge. How do we represent such “social” knowledge in our “mind”?

Jenny: Enjoy your trekking, and hope you won’t be too stressed out with the deadlines this month.

See you soon.

Relating to the course on Critical Literacies.

Here is a video on Critical Literacy:

There are 6 important questions raised:

1. Where is it coming from?

2. What are the implications of thinking like that? What are the social, political, economical and environmental implications?

3. How could this be thought otherwise?

4. Who decides?  Who decides what’s true, normal, mainstream?

5. In whose name is this statement made?

6. For whose benefit?

I am mulling over the discussion on the evolving definition of experts here.

In reflection this could be referred to:

Question 4: Who decides?  Who is the authority in the subject domain?

Question 5: In whose name is this statement made?  This is particularly the case in referring to the authorities in research.  What are the credentials of those experts?  Are they theorists, practitioners or both?

Question 6: For whose benefit?  Who would benefit most from the decision made? How about the power?

Do you see experts as the main source of critical literacies?  Who are the experts?  How about leaders as experts?  I have posted this on The Future of Leadership.

So, could we draw a metaphor with the message on “Singularity” as posted in “meet the Supermassive Black Hole Experts” to the search for “truth” for “literacies” in this “blackhole” of internet?  Do we really know all the literacies required to catch up with the advancement in technology?  Who are the experts deciding on the literacies?   How would you decide on the literacies required for yourself?  How about this learning to learn by Stephen Downes?


6 thoughts on “#CritLit2010 Critical Literacies

  1. Hi John,
    excellent questions you have collected here in your blog. We can’t stop learning or studying..

    If this CritLit2010 is a black hole, we don’t know where we find ourselves in July. How exciting 🙂
    Have a nice trip!

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  4. I have also enrolled into the Critical Literacies course. The 6 questions and the video help me a lot to clarify what critical literacy is. I think critical literacy can help to improve the ability to recognize that learning and knowledge rests in the diversity of opinions.
    Thanks for this great post

  5. @Heli, Many thanks for your comments. Is CritLit2010 a blackhole? I don’t know. I think I could gain a better understanding of how some of us would perceive what critical literacies are and how we would evaluate them.
    Have we made the assumptions that we are “evaluating” these literacies using the similar “values”?
    This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J9s_x1zwB4 provides some clues on arguments, persuasion, reasoning, thinking critically that should be evidence based, and the realization of our own prejudices and thinking habits etc.
    @Jorge Yes. Learning and knowledge rests in the diversity of opinions. How to discern such “opinions”? Would that be the challenge to us as critical thinkers?
    Thanks for sharing.

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