(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 15 of Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach.)
Accountability: Knowing How They Know They Know
Chapter Fifteen is the story of a tough situation in Bangladesh at the Diarrheal Disease Hospital. It was an almost impossible situation: trying to teach busy physicians a new way of teaching in a ridiculously short period of time. Everything seemed to preclude any accountability!
Some great lines from Chapter Fifteen:
- “[The doctors] gave their time to this educational program because they knew their present paradigm was not working.” p214
- “I had come to teach and knew I would stay to learn.” p215
- “If [the doctors] wanted esoteric language and studied complexity, they had the wrong teacher.” p219
- “[The doctors] themselves asked for more hours each day. This itself was an indicator of learning.” p222
- “…there are three things that make accountable learning happen: time, time and time.” p222
A LEARNING TASK
Speculate. What do you think happened to those twelve doctors without any system for reinforcing and supporting their learning?
What is your opinion of my statement on page 222: “Today I am convinced that single events such as this course in Bangladesh are somewhat futile.”