Terrific Talk & Culture update

Update 3/18/2012: Looking at the new TED ED resources (scant at its birth, but having high potential), I did, after a few jumps, find Diana Laufenberg on TED calling for experiential learning, empowering student voice, and embracing failure. We won’t get there, she says, “with the standardized test, and we won’t get there with the culture of one right answer.”

In one area of my mental space I’m linking up my best classroom moments with voices for dogme and such, and I’m glad to catch these handy targets from Diana Laufenberg:

  • experiential learning
  • empowering student voice
  • embracing failure

My brain space is also resonating with our classroom exploration of culture.  I’m excited by the idea of extending the lesson by laying out culture more explicitly as a topic much broader than Asian versus Western, kind versus selfish, or the least enlightening “the curious customs of those other people”. 

I have been attracting/attracted to quite a few interesting pieces this weekend.  This is making it rather difficult to get two lesson plans for Monday, but promises a rich mother lode for the future.  My To-Do list is now bursting at the seams.

In this TED Mid Atlantic session, Diana nails one end point of an ambiguity continuum ranging from “ambiguity to be avoided” to “ambiguity is a natural condition”.  Laufenberg nails the end point to the wall as the “culture of one-right-answer”.  It has me thinking of cracking the hardened shell of standard class routines AND of standard expectations that school is primarily for exam preparation.  The culture of one right answer does not seem to be particularly Western or Asian, but certainly is Case Hardened in Korea.

Note: This ambiguity continuum came into my mental cacophony as I was wondering how to lay out engaging classroom paths through culture.  I have just spent a few hours exploring a 2009 study by Parrish and Linder-VanBerschot, who place the ambiguity continuum in a cultural dimension of epistemological beliefs labeled “stability seeking and uncertainty acceptance” [Patrick Parrish and Jennifer A. Linder-VanBerschot (2009) extending studies by Hofstede, Hofstede, Lewis, Levine, Nisbett, and Hall here].

Here, for you convenience, and for my experiential learning about building blog posts, is the TED session featuring Diana Laufenberg.

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