Wednesday, February 15, 2006

An Integral Part of Learning?

More than 60% of year 11/12 teachers would consider using Integral Theory with their classes!

Yesterday Sue (my wife) and I had the privilege of presenting aspects of Integral Theory to 50+ year 11/12 teachers in a non-government school. In spite of being a warm late afternoon and the fact that we covered 8 concepts and associated 'jargon' in 2 hours we received very enthusiastic responses.

I was surprised to discover quite a few teachers had already read some of Ken Wilber's work and a couple had already used aspects of Integral Theory with their classes.

This was the first time we've presented Integral Theory to a larger group of teachers - I presented the same concepts to several classes (yr 11/12) last year. From the mixed teacher feedback for some sections the balance of breadth to depth needs some adjustment - although I still think that a reasonable breadth is necessary to appreciate the coherence of the integral framework. There was less time for teacher discussion than with students who had a 3hr session.

More than half of those present said that they thought the concepts would be useful/very useful in their teaching. Many requested follow-up discussion so that they can develop the ideas for their classes. Some of this will be done through on-line presentations and forums over the next few weeks (although I've discovered the forum link has broken over the summer holidays).

In the last 10 minutes we touched briefly on 'stages of development' and 'information/transformation'. In retrospect this may have been a mistake in such a short time - although one teacher indicated that this was the most important part of the presentation for them.


Next week I'll begin working with some of the classes of teachers in government yr 11/12 colleges that were involved in last year's trials. We are going to introduce students to Integral Theory from the start of the year (classes start tomorrow in Tasmania) and develop the concepts as they progress through their courses.

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4 Comments:

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Very cool Roger keep us updated!

As an aside this is kinda cool...

Gives an idea of the scope of Web 2.0

http://www.valleywag.com/tech/contest/valleywag-contest-mark-up-the-mashup-153080.php

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Hi Roger,

More stuff on Web 2.0:

http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/23/smbusiness/business2_nextnet_intro/index.htm

Really worth clicking on the list and gallery.

This is a nice snapshot of where we are...

Thanks...

Pete...

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Hi Roger,

This is an intriguing concept...

http://postsecret.blogspot.com/

Thanks...

Pete...

 
At 4:31 AM, Blogger Roger said...

Thanks for these links Pete - much appreciated

 

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