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Systemic Teaching and Learning Martyn Carruthers

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Education is confronted by volatile economies, demographic trends, public opinion, government support and commercial competition. The issues facing higher education require more than employee restructuring. These issues concern the relevance of university education in tomorrow's world.

University Education

Universities have been educational holy grails for centuries. Universities have been endowed by royalty, religions, governments and alumni, and receive massive funding from research grants. All over the world, an ever-increasing number of people compete for university education.

University education provides knowledge - know what and know why. Know how and know when is often relegated to technical and vocational colleges. This single fact may decrease the relevance of university education as the gap widens between knowledge and competence.

University education, whether relevant or not, will remain in demand as long as government regulations, professional associations and hiring procedures require university diplomas. Personal skills and abilities are less important than paperwork.

While university administrators may proclaim that education is more important than research, they need enormous external funding. Their faculty's primary value appears to be their ability to attract funds. But any university administrator who publicly admits that teaching is secondary to funded research would likely be replaced.

Modern universities can be perceived as luxuries of energy-rich economies. Unless alternative long-term energy sources are harnessed, those (and many other) luxuries will dwindle with energy reserves.

University and Commercial Discoveries

Since World War II, most important discoveries have been made in commercial laboratories. The laser, the transistor, polio vaccine, microchips, the hologram, the personal computer, nuclear magnetic resonance, the CAT scan ... and more. Universities are not where technology advances.

A university scientist wants to start a project. Count the grant applications and weigh the paperwork. Count the approvals needed for steering committees and assess the time waiting for answers. Watch the politics to get the support of the department chairman and the resources committee. Note the struggle to get work space, computer time and assistants. Few commercial scientists need to squander so many precious resources.

Educational Process

The process of university education is not the halls of academia, where people receive 5-10 years of education that consists primarily of classroom lectures and library research.

Students know that they are unlikely to use more than 10% of what they learn - and that most examinations only test whether they can remember something long enough to repeat it. Later they find that 90% of the knowledge that they need came from other sources than formal education. University students are expected to jump through academic hoops - to prove persistence - at the expense of life experience. Many graduate students have limited social resources and problem-solving abilities.

Ruts are Graves

University tenure implies that time teaching a subject improves the worth of the teacher. Tenure evaluation could focus on skills development rather than on published articles and grants. Expertise in abstract knowledge provides few employment opportunities outside of academia, where such knowledge can be recycled to new generations. But the real world expects - or demands - results.

Many academic fields have increasing competition. Computer science, once an ivory tower specialty, has become almost synonymous with self-education. Psychology has become a science of mediocrity - an education in philosophy, history and statistics that must now compete with self-help and popular therapies that provide emotional control and success skills.

Following the rise of literacy and especially the rise of internet access; academic knowledge (know-why and know-what) has diminished in its sanctity. Technologies (know-how, know-which and know-when) have become the keys to success..

Dr Clare Graves (a post-doc student of Dr. Abram Maslow) postulated that human societies develop - and regress - in predictable ways; and explored the values that shape human nature and drive evolutionary change. Graves described eight value systems that provide a systemic frame for predicting human dynamics. Each value system provides a plateau on the mountain of human development.

Graves 1-3 . Graves 4-6 . Graves 7-9

Systemic Education

Know-why and know-what are the domain of universities. Know-how and know-which are the domain of technological colleges and trade schools. An emerging choice is systemic education, which offers a synthesis of academia and technology, in which academic know-why and technological know-how is integrated and upgraded by accelerated learning, expert modeling and systemic coaching:

  • Accelerated learning - rapidly acquire new skills
  • Expert modeling - rapidly replicate expert performance
  • Systemic coaching - rapidly improve competence and innovation

Our systemic solutions explore how to select innovative yet appropriate solutions and avoid expensive mistakes.

The left column indicates the thrust of university education. The central column shows technical and vocational schools, and the right outlines systemic education:

Knowledge Education Skill Education Systemic Education
Rooted in traditional assumptions Rooted in duplicating success Rooted in integrity
Individual differences are ignored Individual differences are blurred Individual differences are celebrated
Focus on understanding problems Focus on solving problems Focus on divergent qualities
Focus on examining the past Focus on acting now Focus on future consequences
Teacher's authority is position Teacher's authority is competence Teacher's authority is integrity
Focus on historical evidence Focus on current situations Focus on predictive accuracy
Focus on theoretical structure Focus on demonstrated skill Focus on creative flexibility
Assumes students need knowledge Assumes students need skills Assumes students need purpose
Focus on accumulating knowledge Focus on developing skills Focus on developing qualities
Gain acknowledgement through papers Gain acknowledgement through projects Gain acknowledgement through achievable visions
Ignores unconscious process Utilizes unconscious process Celebrates unconscious process
Skills serve to increase knowledge Knowledge serves to increase skills Knowledge and skills serve humanity
Internal solutions to understand situations External solutions to overcome barriers Systemic solutions that benefit humanity

Accelerated Learning . Knowledge Management . Learning Disabilities

Constructivist-Systemic Education

Establishments providing systemic education are rare. We use an educational outline throughout our training to replicate rapid skill acquisition.

  1. How to observe and describe systems
  2. Create hypotheses about connections between elements
  3. Create models of systemic elements and interactions
  4. Experiment to test the validity of hypotheses and models
  5. Formulate theories, laws and principals
  6. Apply theories, laws and principals to create systemic tools
  7. How to solve applied tasks using systemic tools

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
Do you want team success? Team leaders and their teams develop together
Do you have complex goals? Specialty coaching, counseling & therapy

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