LEarning tools for personal transformation and social change
When working with study abroad students in field research and internship courses, and also when I try to learn something new in my own life, I like to follow the lead of the Popular Educators of Latin America. They think of learning in a cycle, with experience, relfection, and action flowing in a circle, and leading to personal and societal transformation. There are also some great tools of the sciences that you don't have to be a scientist to use: asking questions to think about what you want to learn, observing, reading, and talking with people about your questions, and synthesizing the information. Find the steps below, and see an example of how I used these steps to learn about urban gardens in my neighborhood in Costa Rica. Follow my Facebook page to get more examples and reminders about using these steps in your own life.
It all starts here
Popular and experiential education teach us that learning from our own lives is truly transformational. Experience and reflection lead to new action.
Question Formulation Technique
The Right Question Institute inspires this practice that I use with students, and that I have incorporated into my own life. Ask as many questions as you can think of, and then work with them to guide your own learning.