I have been enjoying reading "The New Learning Architect" by Clive Shepherd. I am not through it yet as I try to keep the pace of the #lrntect book chat on the book. The main reason I really enjoy the book is that it takes a very humble approach to different types of learning (such as formal learning, informal learning, Top-down, Bottom-up). Often when I follow and participate in discussions on these topics I get the feeling that you have to be either/or. Either you believe fully in formal learning and a top-down approach or you believe only in informal learning and a bottom up approach.
As I said in a tweet in the book chat I don't believe in black or white. Often the best solutions can be found in the grey zone. This goes for most things, politics, sports, religion, learning, you name it (except for music since the music I listen to is basically the only music that is wort listening to. All other music styles are just crap :-) ). I simply find it hard to fully believe in people being to extreme in their views on any subject.
Of course, I understand that sometimes people take a certain stand just to get a discussion going. I know I do that quite often. But I think the discussions sometimes becomes to much of a boxing match where one side tries to knock the other side down. I prefer discussions that are more focusing on finding a common approach that "everyone" can share, but maybe that's just me.
In The New Learning Architect Shepherd tries to explain the pros' and cons' of all the different approaches and this makes it very interesting to read.
In my view the greatest learning environment offers me as a learner different approaches, some formal, some informal, some top-down and some bottom-up. This to me is an environment that supports all learners in the best possible way. It gives me as a learner the opportunity to explore and learn by myself in some cases and to let someone else train me in other cases.
So the questions are:
Am I thinking like this just because I am a chicken Swede?
Don't I dare to take a stance?
Or is a mix the best solution?
What is your view?
Thanks for reading,