Ever since I took part in the CCK08 (Connectivesm and Connective Knowledge Online Course 2008) I have been intrigued with the learning theory that learning is about connections. It seems both George and Stephen have written reams, which I have barely touched, about this theory.
I learned the basic few in my formal schooling, namely
While reading about these learning theories, I found an article by William Cronon. He suggests, "A liberal education is about...the wisdom to connect." [Cronon, W. (2004). 10 Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person. The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Available at http://www.honors.ls.wisc.edu/SiteContent.aspx?prev=1& id=159 Accessed July 9, 2009.]
Those ten qualities are epitomized in those with whom I surround myself both online and offline:
- They listen and they hear.
- They read and they understand.
- They can talk to anyone.
- They can write clearly, persuasively, and movingly.
- They can solve a wide variety of puzzles and problems.
- They respect rigor, not so much for its own sake but as a way of seeking truth.
- They practice humility, tolerance, and self-criticism.
- They understand how to get things done in the world.
- They nurture and empower the people around them.
- They connect.
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This a reposting from right before I decided to go all out and head down the doctoral path....and I am still in awe of Angela Maiers.....