Monday, July 25, 2011

The Purpose of Structure

The purpose of structure is to support and enhance processes 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 more easily and more successfully
  • while meet the various needs of the parties involved

For many people, education cannot be treated as piece-work. It is rarely a simple mechanistic production task as if it was a matter of
  • Input (teaching)  -> Process (learning v.) -> Output (learning n.)

BigPicture, action learning.... and similar mediated, iterative approaches incorporate the ongoing construction (and reconstruction) of generous, flexible,managed and negotiated “windows of opportunity”.

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