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3427Life-long-learning, livelihoods and landscape of change

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  • Pamela McLean
    May 17, 2013
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      Hi Andrius and everyone

      I really miss the way that Andrius used to encourage us to think out loud in Minciu Sodas.

      I found that writing to LearningFromEachOther in Minciu Sodas was a great place to discover what I was thinking, without worrying too much about any structure or purpose beforehand. So here I am with a whole lot of muddled thoughts, and impressions, and things that I'm doing. And I need to share them with someone to help me make sense of them all. I know Andrius won't mind if I simply write as a flow of consciousness without worrying if what I write makes sense to anyone else, and without giving all the background, or explaining why (and how) I'm currently thinking and wondering about the things that I am thinking and wondering about.

      Of course it is still to do with the impact of ICT on how we learn, and on the roles of teachers and learners. But my ideas have moved on and my "field work" has changed too. I think if I was doing a formal research degree of some kind I would be recognising a shift of focus. Instead of looking at ICT in the way I did early on I think I'd make that more incidental, and instead look at other aspects of how (and why) we learn in the 21st century.

      It is so long since I've written here that I will have to oversimplify everything in order to do an overview - so there will be no careful nuances or subtleties. For the time being these are some "facts" I'm taking as "given" and some of the areas of interest that I'm exploring:
      • We live in a time of rapid change and uncertainty
      • We need to learn new things, and keep on learning new things
      • Leaning new things is important for many reasons including earning our livings
      • We need to have up to date knowledge and skills so that we can do work that others see as valuable and thus "pay our way".
      • On a completely different level we need to learn and create new knowledge "for the sake of all of us" - because of all the challenges that are being faced globally
      • We also need to lean for reasons at every level in between the personal and the global.
      • Formulating the right questions is a key step in finding answers
      • If we are going forward in unknown territory then we cannot expect anyone to have the answers already - but we can all call on past knowledge, experiences and skills to help us along our way.
      • Finding ways to share this shared wealth of knowledge, experiences and skills is key to our future learning.
      • We are all on separate learning journeys.
      • Sometimes our learning journeys overlap, sometimes they are completely separate.
      • I find it helpful to consider us as people who are going forward into an unknown world - a landscape of change.
      • Everything that we are doing or learning is like a small exploration into this unknown landscape.
      • A mixed team of explorers and pioneers are more likely to be able to survive and thrive than a team which is too specialised - especially where very little is known about where we are going.
      • Our explorations are a mixture of practical work and theoretical work
      • In practice¬† - what are "we" (the people in the team of explorers and pioneers) doing?
      • What can we take from those experiences to share with each other?
      • We can share at different levels of practicality and abstraction.
      • Some levels of abstraction are very theoretical
      • There is no clear separation between theory and practice, in our learning - it is interwoven, because even when we are learning theory and tapping into "established knowledge" we are driven to learn the theory because of the practicalities of our own lives.


      I got interrupted. Its not the complete simple overview I had in mind 

      Anyhow Andrius, I'll send it.

      BTW - who do I mean by "we" - well "people like me" - people I've sometimes called "Dadamac learners"


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