A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a by Douglas Thomas

By Douglas Thomas

The twenty-first century is an international in consistent switch. In a brand new tradition of studying, Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an knowing of the way the forces of switch, and rising waves of curiosity linked to those forces, motivate and invite us to visualize a way forward for studying that's as robust because it is optimistic.

Typically, after we contemplate tradition, we predict of an present, solid entity that alterations and evolves over lengthy sessions of time. In a brand new tradition, Thomas and Brown discover a moment experience of tradition, one who responds to its atmosphere organically. It not just adapts, it integrates turn into its approach as certainly one of its environmental variables. by way of exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the mind's eye as cornerstones of studying, the authors create a imaginative and prescient of studying for the longer term that's conceivable, scalable and person who grows besides the expertise that fosters it and the folks who have interaction with it. the result's a brand new kind of tradition during which wisdom is visible as fluid and evolving, the private is either more suitable and sophisticated in terms of the collective, and the facility to regulate, negotiate and perform the area is ruled through the play of the imagination.

Replete with tales, it is a ebook that appears on the demanding situations that our schooling and studying environments face in a clean means.

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The stories we provide in the following pages show how the new culture of learning is intricately woven into the fabric of our society; indeed, it permeates nearly everything we do. They also illustrate how the tools for learning in this new environment make the old way of learning and schooling seem much less effective. In each case we find that the very things that are speeding up the rate of change in the world are also giving us those new tools. The trick is to figure out how to harness these new resources, which make play, questioning, and imagination the bedrocks of our new culture of learning.

In doing so, it turns out, we can re-create it. 3 EMBRACING CHANGE Change has been a subject for philosophical meditation throughout human history. ” What he meant was that by the time you remove your foot from the water and put it back in again, both the river and the person have changed. Throughout the twentieth century, particularly after the Second World War, we have had a slow-moving river. Stability, continuity, and maintaining the status quo defined our culture, and progress was carefully controlled.

After the course was over, Doug saw one of the students on campus and told him that he was very impressed by the quality of everyone’s exams. Perhaps inappropriately, he expressed some surprise at that result. ” In a sense, Doug had indeed taught the students nothing. They, however, had taught him a great deal about what the new culture of learning might look like and how powerful it can be when students see each other as resources and figure out how to learn from one another. Googling the Error In northern California, Allen runs a small business writing computer code as a freelance hacker.

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