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Theory emerges in teaching and learning

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Theory often emerges in teaching and learning.

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Teaching and community organizing
I have found that teaching students (in my case, at the graduate level) is very much like community organizing. You are trying to empower the students to take responsibility, make informed choices, and to impart your experience and insights without making them feel that your achievements cannot be duplicated, or surpassed. Teaching models that take the center of attention away from the teacher and place it on the students themselves (such as small group exercises) are useful in both community and classroom contexts. In both cases, you want them to learn to get on without you.
Harold McDougall , 25 Jul 2011 06:27 AM
President, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
Theory often develops from a conceptualization of experience and from its testing and refinement through continuing experience.
A political process is developed through a series of experiments and is constantly refined as it is used. A practitioner conceptualizes experience so as to move the learning from one experience to another or to teach the process that has evolved from experience fo others.
Hal Saunders , 23 Jul 2011 09:45 PM

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