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My Personal Learning Theory as of 10/01/2008

My personal learning theory thus far—I am realizing these truths:

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
"Chinese proverb"

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Joseph Addison, 1711

What happens when I learn? I will attempt to describe what I have been learning though observation and reflection. I am learning where to look, and who to turn to when there is a practical problem and when I need help finding a solution. This learning process is complex requiring a constructivist view, that learning is most effective when people are actively making things in the real world (Papert). Lave and Wenger’s model of situated learning proposed that learning involved a process of engagement in a 'community of practice' (CoP). I have been actively engaged in a CoP in the OMET program with “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

My Learning Theory as of 11/06/2008

Learning is a form of self-actualization and is most effective when: I take responsibility for my own learning; I am fully engaged in an informal learning environment; when the learning process is self-initiated and self-directed, and the variables of action and reflection are utilized.