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Stephen Downes

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I continue to enjoy Doug Belshaw's reflections on systemic thinking as he works on the course module he's taking. He begins with an analogy that is exactly right in two ways: "it's useful to consider literacies as developing in terms of 'progressive encoding' rather than 'sequential encoding.'" The first way it's right is in its description of the pedagogy of literacy learning: filling out the whole rather than proceeding step by step. The second way it's right is with respect to literacy itself: developing an understand of anything (a text, a concept, a situation) as a whole, rather than as developing in a linear fashion. You can see how this would map to a discussion of systems thinking ('mapping', btw, is an example or progressive, rather than linear, literacy).

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