The Open Context Model argues that learning is a combination of subjectunderstanding, collaboration, social processes and creativity and that part of theprocess of implementation involves addressing what we call the PAH Continuum.
The PAH ContinuumPedagogyAndragogyHeutagogy
Locus of Controlteacherteacher/learnerLearnerEducational sectorschoolsadult educationdoctoral researchCognition LevelcognitiveMetacognitiveEpistemicKnowledgeProduction ContextSubjectunderstandingProcessnegotiationKnowledgeProduction ContextWe argue that teaching to the PAH Continuum means that Pedagogic, Andragogicand Heutagogic issues need to be covered in the learning process. Pedagogy isteacher-lead and designed to inculcate subject understanding. Andragogy, usuallyassociated with adult education, is about developing collaborative learning skillsin learners, which is the critical factor in learning to learn. And don’t forget thateveryone does want to learn, but perhaps not your subject and perhaps not inyour way. Heutagogy is about being creative, about understanding form (orsubject discipline) and then learning how to play with it, to create innovation.Normally we only allow artists and post-doctoral research fellows to this and thenonly a little, but we could all learn
to do this, even if we
.Perhaps teach a history of of technology with a focus on the innovation process?Maybe require your students to contribute to wikipedia, or spot an error, andsubstantiate their post.
The Beatles and the Open Context Model of Learning
When I started writing the posts called Learning…With The Beatles I used to thinkthat “all you need is heutagogy,” but in fact I realized that all we need isandragogy, and the heutagogy will follow. We need more collaboration-drivenlearning, we need co-creation and co-design strategies, we need new professionalskills in educators and we need to enable learning and creativity in our learners.
The past isn’t linear; the future hasn’t been built
I am interested in understanding the disrupted narratives of our own learningaswe turn the past into an arrow and see the present in a predictable arc from thepast. It isn’t and it never was. But when we think that way we then see and expectthe future to be built in a linear and predictable fashion, yet we study the greatdisruptions in history, Sarajevo (twice), 9/11, the English Civil War, the Americanrevolution, 9/11 and so on and smooth over the historical tapestry. So is the futureabout One Laptop per Child or One Laptop per Village, embedded or distributed,augmented or virtual, industrial or ecological, nation-state or bio-region, man-made or natural, Examined or Trusted, political parties or mafia driven, peacefulor terrorist, financial or post-financial models of exchange, global or local,representative or participative? If your pedagogy doesn’t provide answers then Isuggest you might need to start using the Open Context Model of Learning,reconceptualising education and becoming more collaborative.