Tuesdays with Jane: Week #2
(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 1 in the book Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach.)
Twelve Principles for Effective Adult Learning
Mmmmmm, I love this chapter! I like the way it integrates quantum thinking as it describes not only each of the twelve basic principles and practices but also how it anticipates for the reader the upcoming story.
Why these twelve principles? That is a question I have often been asked. I really do not know: Twelve tribes of Israel? Twelve apostles? Twelve months in the year? Your guess is as good as mine.
They have stood the test of time in being twelve sound pillars on which to build an effective design for learning. They hold hands, one to another, corroborating the perspective of quantum thinking: everything is connected.
Chapter One is boldly deductive, starting out with the bare content: twelve principles! The hinted promise of particular instances (inductive work) does not inhibit the commanding stance: from my experience I have made this selection. Listen to me!
Yet, I read a certain openness as well: these are not presented as the twelve principles and practices, but as those that emerged from my experience as largely effective. On page 3, I promise fifty more stories as well as principles and practices readers can find in Training Though Dialogue (1995).
This chapter renews my conviction that we must design with confidence and conviction, boldly stating the content we see essential. Learners will select and construct that content for their context. They will add to it as that context demands such additions. And so, we all learn!
Some great lines in Chapter One:
- “In adult learning, accountability is mutual.” p13
- Zohar: “The questions we ask determine the kinds of responses we get.” p15
- “As subjects, we evoke the world we perceive.” p16
- “Inviting learners to be subjects of their own learning is the practice of freedom.” p17
- Zohar: “You hear a chorus of conversations!” p22
A LEARNING TASK:
Which of these twelve principles has been most useful to you in your design and/or teaching?