Connected Learning: A New Research-Driven Initiative

Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education, Mar 04, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Overview of a program looking at connected learning describing a "gap between the more engaging social learning environments young people encounter outside of school, and the top-down and standardized curriculum that they encounter in most classrooms." It's much more communal and participation-oriented than the approach I take, promoting:
-- "Equity — when educational opportunity is available and accessible to all young people, it elevates the world we all live in.
-- Full Participation — learning environments, communities, and civic life thrive when all members actively engage and contribute.
-- Social connection — learning is meaningful when it is part of valued social relationships and shared practice, culture, and identity."
While I value both creativity and participation, I think it's important to allow that more or less participation are equally valuable. And I don't agree that "shared" practice, culture, and identity is essential.
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