#CritLit2010 Trust, Respect and Empowerment

Great to learn about Heli’s reflection. I share with her sentiments about learning in networks: “trust, respect, empowerment. It cannot be only objective information change between blind unknown people.. it is about motivation and culture as David White said. Human values must be included, connections are nothing without them?” Those are the values that I aspire too.

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May I share this?
“Socrates believed the best way for people to live was to focus on self-development rather than the pursuit of material wealth. He always invited others to try to concentrate more on friendships and a sense of true community, for Socrates felt this was the best way for people to grow together as a populace” To me, “knowing” more will be more meaningful if such self-development could lead to friendship and community development, as we are all learners supporting each others, IMHO.

In this What motivates middle managers, managers reported that feeling respected is the most important motivator, followed by mutual trust with one’s manager.  Though this relates to the research findings based on managers, I wonder if the factors of trust, respect and empowerment could equally be applicable to educators and learners in learning networks.

Aren’t educators and learners all laying their trust, respect, and empowerment on each others in the learning networks?

It may however be necessary to be aware of the blind trust and respect that are associated with an open network where networkers have little understanding of each others’ needs and expectations (educators and learners), or a “close group” which exhibits the echo chamber effects, by excluding other networkers who might have an alternative perspective, view or value from the group.  That would severely limit the diversity of opinions.

Is trust and respect a Literacy by itself? I reckon it is part of the social and emotional literacy.

How could we enlist trust and respect as a literacy in learning?

Without trust and respect, there is little chance of cooperation or collaboration amongst networkers, especially in social and learning networks. A lack of trust and respect would therefore lead to issues and conflicts within members of a community or learners of networks.

In order to have a community of learners, cooperation and collaboration would be important.

In this Family Involvement, there are 6 indicators for collaboration:

1. Communication

2. Commitment

3. Equality

4. Skills

5. Trust

6. Respect

So, it seems that the level of skills of collaboration amongst networkers (or the learners in the community) would influence the set of literacies required to cooperate and collaborate within the community.

In a networked learning environment, is trust and respect important?

How could we build up trust and respect?

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3 thoughts on “#CritLit2010 Trust, Respect and Empowerment

  1. >“Socrates believed the best way for people to live was to focus on self-development rather than the pursuit of material wealth”.

    I think poor Old Socs would have difficulty living in these times, particularly in some of our current cultures where the pursuit of happiness = the pursuit of material wealth.

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