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Jarvis puts forward that there are four “types” of learning.  All of which are based on either “harmony” or a state of disharmony, or what he calls “disjuncture”.  

What are the influences on learning?  And are these influences bi-directional?

There are a number of pictures we can draw to depict the learning process.  Jarvis has two which are, in his view integrated (p 20 & 23).  The first is the working of the individual’s “inner” process.  The second is that process in context.

We must recognize that it is the person who learns.  This is in contrast to “learning organizations” or even “Learning societies”.  Noting that organizations and societies only change through people who are willing to learn (open to change and adaptation).

Like wise “Learning and human development” is related to other of my programs competencies:

Philosophical foundations – the basis of our beliefs shape our perspectives and either enhances or limits our capacity to learn; Our ethics at once influence and are influenced by our learning and development; ethics in turn relate directly to community and organizational structures and change (also bi-discretional); Mentoring is an active and engaged form of teaching and being a protege is being a student.  As I think about learning and development in association with our competencies and “leadership” – learning is bi-directionally apparent and intertwined/linked to each competency.

Give me some time and I will try to find examples…

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