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Sunday, March 20, 2011

A new culture of learning in education

In an exciting new book, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown show how the same issues play out in the education system.

Thomas and Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic.
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 4, 2011). 

Steve Denning conversed with the authors recently about their exciting new book as follows:

1. In the book, you distinguish two senses of culture. One is the culture of the classroom, where stability and predictability is the norm. The other is a culture that is analogous to what a scientist grows in a petri dish in a lab. It happens under controlled conditions, but there is very little foreknowledge of what will result. Here the whole point of the experiment is not to intervene to control the outcome, but rather let the culture grow in an organic way. In the new culture of learning, which emphasizes this second type of culture, how do you verify what students are learning?

Source: Forbes Digital Download (blog)