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Submitted by Claire Reinelt on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 12:35
LLC hosted a learning lab on learning communities with learning circle partners and others who facilitate learning communities. I had two experiences that enabled me to go deeper with my understanding about how to open up transformative learning and how to manifest the kind of change we desire in the world in our learning community process. A group of eight people used Emergent Learning Mapping to explore the question, "How do we create conditions that open up transformative learning?" We told our own stories of transformative learning and identified insights from our own experiences that we shared with each other. We then came up with hypotheses that we could test in future opportunities we have to facilitate a learning community experience. The learning from the session is captured here. read more »
The purpose of a learning circle, conversation, or community is to support the movement from individual intelligence to collective wisdom through reflective dialogue about subjects that attract and have meaning for participants. The framework for creating a learning circle includes five areas of attention. They include belief systems, creating an environment, processes, structures, and actions or outcomes that support the development and evolution of a learning conversation.
Authors: Dr. Kathleen E. Allen