Education in Aotearoa is changing fast. Some of us may still remember the days of chalkboards and logarithm tables, which have most recently been replaced by data projectors and tablets. But more than just the technologocial advances that these changes represent, there have also been significant changes in how we understand and approach learning and development. Old models of an expert at the front imparting knowledge to a group of passive learners, are being challenged by more collaborative and learner-driven models.
So what could this mean for how we try to develop our employees, volunteers, and even church-goers? Here are some questions for you to ponder which you may wish to respond to below…
- Are the learning models for our staff, volunteers and even churchgoers keeping up with these changes in educational approach? Specifically; do our learners have a say over what they want to learn, and how they want to achieve it? Is their prior knowledge and experience respected and utilized as a vital element for the group? Are we helping them to transfer any learning back into real scenarios in their world?
- What would learning look like in our workplaces if the responsibility to discover new things transferred from the front of the room to the group itself? And what would it look like in our corps/centres?
- Our biggest chunk of learning actually happens outside of formal learning programmes, as we work out how to overcome everyday problems, talk to colleagues, read a magazine article, or via any manner of other informal learning activities. Do we ever try to acknowledge, capture, and utilize this learning? How could we help each other to use and share this knowledge with each other?
Does this resonate with you? Or you disagree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.