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Jax11 risky thinktransconsilienceacrossdisc

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PowerPoint presentation to accompany paper presented April 2011, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning.

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Jax11 risky thinktransconsilienceacrossdisc

  1. 1. Risky thinking:Transdisciplinaryconsilienceconstructs learning across disciplines<br />1<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />
  2. 2. Constructivism andconsilience<br />Constructivism: Learners “build” worlds<br />Constructivism: Teachers guide students <br />Consilience: Use curiosity, abstraction, math<br />Consilience: Understand each other, the world<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Transdisciplinarity<br />Creatinginclusive worldviews<br />Conceivingindividuals’ views<br />Sharingperspectives en groupe<br />Overarching &pluri-generating<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Consilience, transdisciplinarity, and…<br /> … divergent thinking<br />sharing culturally-generated views<br />using language, culture, math<br />exploiting, e.g., “Humanities 2.0”<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Threeintegrated concepts & a result<br />Transdisciplinarity<br />Consilience<br /> Divergent thinking<br />Result: Creativity!<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Creativity: 8 qualities<br />Fluency <br /> Flexibility<br /> Originality<br /> Elaboration<br /> Visualization<br /> Transformation<br /> Intuition<br /> Synthesis <br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Creativityqualities in Language<br />Fluency: flow of sounds into patterns<br />Flexibility: utterances fitting contexts<br />Originality: the novelty of it all <br />Elaboration: customization, explanation<br />Visualization: picture-painting in words<br />Transformation: synonymy<br />Intuition: future, conditional expression<br />Synthesis: summing-up, distillation <br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Fluency<br />A definition: Quick, smooth flow, flux<br />A pair of examples:<br /> In language, from phonemic awareness<br />In math, from number sense<br />A result: Unrestricted higher-order thought<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Flexibility<br />A definition: Ability to conceive the “other”<br />Examples:<br /> In math, “adaptive strategy choice”<br /> In language, learning to reason like another<br />A result: Cognitive plasticity<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Originality<br />A definition: Generation of novel ideas<br />Examples:<br /> In engineering, new concepts<br /> In social science, creative problem-solving<br /> In language, poetry<br />A result: Useful, practical outcomes<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Elaboration<br />A definition: Addition of detail<br />Examples:<br /> In language, circumlocution<br /> In STEM, fine-tuning with details<br />A result: Openness<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Visualization<br />A definition: Seeing with the mind’s eye<br />Examples:<br /> In psychology, guided imagery<br /> In STEM, pattern, symmetry, order<br /> In language, painting word pictures<br />A result: Shared imagination<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Transformation<br />A definition: Alteration retaining core meaning<br />Examples: <br /> In chemistry, “off-label” applications<br /> In language, questions or imperatives<br />A result: Improved neural plasticity<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Intuition<br />A definition: Recognizing connections<br />Examples:<br /> In math, seeing things as figures<br /> In language, sensing the sociolinguistic<br />A result: Effective creative thinking<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Synthesis<br />A definition: Creation of a coherent whole<br />Examples: <br /> In science, chemical & biochemical reactions<br /> In academe, transdisciplinarity<br /> A result: “Self-directed” learning<br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Transdisciplinaryconsilience in action<br />Filling in the spaces between disciplines<br />Examining in complementary ways<br />Producing dynamic tension<br />Jumping together <br />KAWatson, Coastline Distance Learning<br />16<br />

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