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The Magic of Polarities or Contraries

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Educational Transformation Requires Better Ways of Dealing with Opposites

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The Magic of Polarities or Contraries

  1. 1. Polarities or Contraries Transformation Requires Better Ways of Dealing with Opposites Dave Goldberg Big Beacon deg@bigbeacon.org © David E. Goldberg 2016
  2. 2. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Elsewhere…
  3. 3. 4 Ineffective Ways to Transform •  Wrong Way #1: Start with Content, Curriculum & Pedagogy •  Wrong Way #2: Seek “Buy-In” from a committee of both supporters & skeptics •  Wrong Way #3: Make big plans, raise lots of money, then make change. •  Wrong Way #4: Focus on disciplinary content revision.
  4. 4. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Note: “Wrong” way juxtaposed with “Effective” way in current situation.
  5. 5. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Content, curriculum, pedagogy à culture & emotion
  6. 6. © David E. Goldberg 2011 These opposites are called polarities or sometimes contraries
  7. 7. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Elsewhere…
  8. 8. © 2013 David E. Goldberg POLARITIES OR CONTRARIES IN TRANSFORMATION ©  David  E.  Goldberg  2016   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.  
  9. 9. Many Opposites (Polarities) in Change •  Teamwork vs individual work •  Autonomy vs. control •  Professor-center teaching vs. student-centered learning •  Hard work vs. fun •  Weak polarity not a solution: View opposite pole as solution to “problems” of current pole. ©  David  E.  Goldberg  2016   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.  
  10. 10. © David E. Goldberg 2011 ©  David  E.  Goldberg  and  Mark  Somerville  2013   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.   Olin and Polarity Management
  11. 11. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Change = learning to manage or leverage polarities differently.
  12. 12. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Application in Education
  13. 13. ©  David  E.  Goldberg  2016   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.  
  14. 14. In pairs: Reflect on some of the polarities in trying to change in higher (K12, engineering, etc.) education. Make a list (the longer the better).
  15. 15. ©  David  E.  Goldberg  2016   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.  
  16. 16. Debrief © David E. Goldberg 2016 Please do not reproduce or distribute without permission.
  17. 17. In pairs: Fill in the polarity map of the following polarity: •  Professor-centered teaching & Student-centered learning
  18. 18. In pairs: Map out polarity between student- centered learning & teacher-centered teaching.
  19. 19. ©  David  E.  Goldberg  2016   Please  do  not  reproduce  or  distribute  without  permission.  
  20. 20. Some ideas for outside study © David E. Goldberg 2016 Please do not reproduce or distribute without permission.
  21. 21. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Listen to podcast with Barry Johnson (here)
  22. 22. Read/discuss one/both books © David E. Goldberg 2016 Please do not reproduce or distribute without permission.
  23. 23. In pairs: Map out other key polarities in education transsformation.
  24. 24. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Reflect on Key Takeaway
  25. 25. © David E. Goldberg 2011 Learning-Action Teams
  26. 26. IntroducDon:  An  Improbable  Journey  Chapter  1:  Engineering  Happiness  –  The  Olin  Experience   Chapter  2:  The  Incubator  –  Helping  a  Big  Old  Dog  Learn  New  Tricks  Chapter  3:  The  Spirit  of   InvenDon  –    Recapturing  the  InspiraDon  of  Engineering  EducaDon  Chapter  4:  The  Whole  New   Engineer  –  Engaging  the  6  Minds  Chapter  5:  The  EmoDonal  Breakthrough  –  5  Pillars  of   TransformaDon  Chapter  6:  The  Whole  New  Learner  –  From  Carrots  and  SDcks  to  Intrinsic   MoDvaDon  Chapter  7:  The  Whole  New  Professor  –  From  Expert  to  Coach  Chapter  8:  The  Whole   New  Culture  –  From  Classrooms  and  Curriculum  to  Culture  Chapter  9:  Changing  the  Way  We   Change  –  From  Bureaucracy  to  Change  Management  Epilogue:  An  InvitaDon  to  CollaboraDve   DisrupDon  -­‐  See  more  at:  hp://threejoy.com/whole-­‐new-­‐engineer/#sthash.6YTCMQhz.dpuf   Get Involved •  Read the book www.wholenewengineer.org •  Hold a book club. •  Read the manifesto www.bigbeacon.org) •  Do something with EIWG, SWNE, or IAB, write deg@bigbeacon.org. © 2016 David E. Goldberg
  27. 27. Polarities or Contraries Transformation Requires Better Ways of Dealing with Opposites Dave Goldberg Big Beacon deg@bigbeacon.org © David E. Goldberg 2016

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