Monday, September 19, 2005

Some Big Questions

Big Questions are always useful to help explore expectations that get people stuck as learners and teachers, both in schools and at work. Here are some to consider.

What’s the difference between:

A student and a child?
Do we treat young people differently when we consider them in one light or the other?

A student and a worker?
Why don’t we think of ourselves as full-time students, even when we’re done with school? When do we drop learning as a priority? What would happen if we didn't?

Training and learning?
Is there a difference in technique and expectation, or are they the same? Are the results similar or different?

What constitutes successful learning across contexts?
What do guardians of school and work have in common when they look for successful people in their groups? Are these qualities essentially habits of mind or in-born talent?

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