Schools as a learning organisation

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Schools as a learning organisation
Educational orgainsations also need to develop themselves to be learning organisations. This is mainly because of the changing in the aim of education Claxton (2002, p.46 and 2008) pointed out communities’ expectation on the purpose of education that it is for preparing young people to be able to cultivate the knowledge, skills, habits, attitudes, values and beliefs that they will need in order to get ready to experience life and ‘live happily by themselves as much as they can, without fear or insecurity’. This results in the school development and they are more likely to develop in a way that helps children learn more about themselves and develop their spiritual and emotional security in order to cope with changes and live happily and harmoniously in the society in the uncertainty and unpredictable world. Schools need to help the children to learn how to learn.

School as a Learning Orgqnization
YC Chau, Member
Applying learning organization methodology in educating the kids in the school is a good approach. However, if we would like the whole school transform to be a learning organization, it will be almost a mission impossible.
The most difficult factor is: the skilled incompetence (Argyris ) of individual amongst the staff in the school.

Schools as a Learning Organization
Reese Olger, Member
I could not agree more. Schools need a full 360 degree presence when it comes to teaching and learning. Learning is the analigous to change. We expect the students to take the theories and turn them into new perspectives, yet we do not always appreciate the new perspectives that everyday life brings into the class room. We have to be more mindful of the changes all around us and embrace them. After all, many of our schools and staff expect our students to power down to low tech to learn, making the older wiser teachers appear to be less capable of embracing change than we are asking of our students.

The Problem with the School as a Learning Organization
YC Chau, Member
Kids always have an intention to learn.
Learning is a process of "change".
- During learning, students change their mental model, from knowing nothing to knowing something. Then they leave the school.
- However, the teachers still remain in the school to teach different group of students by introducing the programmed knowledge. Not sure whether the teachers will change their mental model?
In order to overcome the limit to growth, we have to achieve "L > C (Learning > Change)".
Still the problem remains the difficulty in overcoming the "Skilled Incompetence".


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