The Social Artist – self-directed learning

It seems a bit of an oxymoron to speak of teaching self-directed learning, but even the greatest leaders have been guided in uncovering their own self-directed style. Allowing space and time for students to explore their own passions is a key component to encouraging those self-directing skills, but in the end, educators must be cognizant of their own influence. As in my questions to Alec Couros in a post years ago, I wonder how to resolve the tension between teaching and liberating. How can we address the requirements of the academy while allowing enough space for students to express their work in ways that are personally meaningful? Can we pass on the cannon of thought without indoctrination? Are we open enough to allow students to hold contradictory positions to our own and to the history of our discipline if it is within their own understanding of the world?

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