Monthly Archive: November 2012

Working With Others

Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning cycle and Pedlar et al. (2001) are a little weak when it comes to working with others: relationships with others can affect our learning and actions. Ever had a teacher you disliked? Did you learn much in the discipline taught? It is a reason why only after school my journey in physics came beyond Newtons’ mechanical universe…

Judi Marshall (2001) wrote about reflective learning from another perspective. She defines “inner and outer arcs of attention”:

Inner arcs of attention:

  • our assumptions
  • our patterns of activity
  • our response to others
  • the language we use
  • the way we make sense of what is going on

Outer arcs of attention:

  • what is going on around us
  • how we are affecting it
  • how we are maintaining or changing a situation
  • how we can test our assumptions
  • how other people  are making sense of what is going on (the same events/situation)

These arcs can be a means to question our assumptions and ready-made opinions. Marshall recommends that we attend to these arcs with curiosity and playfulness, to try something different.