Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Structures, Process & Windows of Opportunity

The purpose of structure is to support and enhance process including
  • bringing the parties together
  • in a timely fashion
  • distributing authority and matching responsibility
  • utilising contributions from all concerned, and
  • achieving some of the purposes of all parties

That is, the purpose of structure is to create ‘windows of opportunity‘ that will
  • enable the process to proceed successfully
  • while meet the various needs of the parties involved

In this sense, for many people, education cannot be treated as piece-work – as simple mechanistic production:
  • Input -> Process -> Output

In contrast, BigPicture and similar approaches incorporate the ongoing construction (and reconstruction) of generous, flexible,managed and negotiated “windows of opportunity”.

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