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Title: Learning

Learning Leadership for Social
SustainabilityBristol UniversityDay Two15th
May, 2008
  • Discussion Stimulus Four
  • Identity and voice
  • Challenges for policy
  • Michael Fielding

Puzzles about personalisation (1)
  • 1 Ahistorical - prisoners of the present
  • 2 Superficial - no intellectual hinterland /
    unexamined demands of 21st C
  • 3 Insular - legitimises timidity
  • 4 Individualistic - marginalises common good
  • 5 Hyperbolic - transformation, intention over
  • 6 Misleading - re-branding contested practices
  • 7 Technicist what works marginalises
    purposes values
  • 8 Episodic atomistic, no sense of
    sustainable self

Puzzles about personalisation (2)
  • 9 Calibrated - spurious measurement
    marginalises emergent exploratory
  • 10 Dishonestly vacant means what you want it to
    / populist / covert filter
  • Above all else there is
  • ? no coherent or compelling account of how we
    become persons
  • ? no way of distinguishing between new forms of
    exploitation / intensification and approaches
    that are genuinely concerned for the whole person

The Functional the Personal
  • They are opposites with a tension between them
  • They are inseparable and limit one another
  • They are essential to one another and form a
  • Any attempt to fuse them or absorb one into the
    other will fail because they are opposites
  • Any attempt to separate them will fail because
    they limit one another
  • Any effort to run them parallel with one another
    without relating them will break down because
    they form an essential unity

The Proper Relation between the Functional and
the Personal
  • The functional is for the sake of the personal
  • The functional is
  • transformed by / expressive of
  • the personal

Organisational Communal Orientation of Schools
A sense of sustainable self?
  • How can a human being develop a narrative of
    identity and life history in a society composed
    of episodes and fragments?
  • Short term capitalism threatens to corrode
    character, particularly those qualities of
    character that bind human beings to one another
    and furnishes each with a sense of sustainable
  • Richard Sennett The Corrosion of Character The
    Personal Consequences of Work in the New
    Capitalism (1998) 26,27

The necessity of narrative
  • Students
  • Diaries journals (paper digital)
  • Negotiated / co-constructed curriculum
  • Self-managed learning groups
  • Small support groups (counter-publics)
  • The arts
  • Staff
  • Action learning sets
  • Pairings / critical friendships
  • Shared
  • Trips / residentials / new traditions (sbor!)
  • New, multi-vocal public spaces e.g. from students
    in staff meetings to Blooms school council
  • Bishops Park College Research Forum

The Role of the Teacher (1)
  • For a pupil to direct his own learning
    successfully he also needs close and systematic
    help and guidance from teachers who know him well
    his interests, attitudes, values, abilities and
    quirks and whom he knows equally well. And that
    suggests teachers who know him and work with him
    not simply as a student of literature or
    mathematics, but in a much more open context
    generalists rather than specialists.

The Role of the Teacher (2)
  • Wherever education assumes autonomy of the
    student, the tutorial role becomes the teachers
    central part in the education of his students.
    But the tutorial role cannot be seen as that of
    some sort of educational consultant. In order to
    be equipped to offer sustained and systematic
    guidance to his pupils a teacher needs to know
    them, as students and as people, and in order to
    know them he needs to study with them as well as
    talk to them and observe them (MF italics)
  • Source The Role of the Teacher Michael
    Armstrong (1973)

It is the manner of giving that counts
  • Giving the aged poor their pension and
    providing them with medical care may be a
    necessary condition for their self respect and
    dignity, but it is not a sufficient condition.
  • It is the manner of giving that counts and
    the moral basis on which it is given whether
    strangers at my door get their stories listened
    to by their social worker, whether the ambulance
    man takes care not to jostle them when they are
    taken down the steep stairs of their apartment
    building, whether a nurse sits with them in the
    hospital when they are frightened and alone.
  • Respect and dignity are conferred by gestures
    such as these. They are gestures too much a
    matter of human art to be made a consistent
    matter of administrative routine.
  • Source The Needs of Strangers Michael
    Ignatieff (Chatto Windus 1984)

Dialectic of the personal
  • 1. Expressive dimension
  • Care intensifies the functional
  • Transformative bridge
  • Skills as expressions of care
  • Responsive dimension
  • Care heightened expertise elicits response
  • Bond of mutuality
  • Wont let teacher down / pride in skill etc
  • Dialogic dimension
  • Mutual learning between teacher student
  • Education as transformative community
  • Positive human agency shared hope for future

5 perspectives on education
Radical change?
  • Reform is radical when it addresses and changes
    the basic arrangements of a society its
    formative structure of institutions and enacted
  • Roberto Unger

Creative Renewal or Radical Change?
3 approaches to student voice (1)
3 approaches to student voice (2)
From audience to author, from data to dialogue
(1)how adults listen to and learn with students
in schools
From audience to author, from data to dialogue
(2)how adults listen to and learn with students
in schools
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