(Tuesdays with Jane is a virtual learning series for those wishing to read or re-read Jane's books and immediately apply their new learning to their workplace. In preparation for this task, read Chapter 2 in the book Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach.)
Quantum Thinking and Dialogue Education
I love this chapter! I like the way I made a quietly conservative selection of six quantum thinking concepts, and promised to use these concepts in analyzing and interpreting the upcoming stories.
I just realized that by making such a selection, I was actually manifesting quantum thinking: the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and the whole is in every part.
Why these six? Again, I really do not know: perhaps they seemed to me fundamental and somewhat accessible. Their inter-relatedness corroborates one of the concepts: everything is connected.
Chapter Two is too heavy on theory and even the promise of application in the stories does not help. Whenever I get a chance to write a new edition of this book, I will offer more examples of each of these familiar but elusive concepts:
Relatedness: everything is connected. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Duality: consider either/or thinking
Energy: it takes energy to learn
Uncertainty: pray for doubt
Participation: we evoke the world we perceive.
This chapter is short: six pages! I may indeed have muddied the waters by introducing quantum thinking. I hope not. Every day I see evidence of these and other quantum concepts in my quiet, retired life: I am more than the sum of my old, aching parts! The whole picture of my health is seen in a few drops of blood! My energy is renewed by engagement and exercise! My whole life is in this moment! Quantum thinking!
Some great lines from Chapter Two:
- “…a constructionist perspective invites learners to develop the theory and practices they are learning in the light of their context.” p31
- “…prepare men and women for the work of the world, not merely for work in the world.” p33
- “notice how energy rises when learners are aware of their responsibility to decide.” p35
A LEARNING TASK:
Which of these six quantum thinking concepts has been most useful to you in your design and/or teaching?