".. the focus needs to be on equiping people to do things with knowledge, to use knowledge in inventive ways, in new contexts and combinations."
".. is seen as something that does things, as being energy.."
Knowledge is a doing word.
Jane Gilbert Professor of Education AUT
Jane Gilbert suggests this new understanding of knowledge is about:
"How to use knowledge to generate new knowledge. To think about knowlege in new ways, as a knowledge-building or knowledge-creating enterprise, or as an activity that focuses on 'doing things with knowledge"
Catching the Knowledge Wave pg 76
With this understanding of knoweldge, Gilbert suggests that:
“The future is about students problem solving and thinking critically in a new way. We therefore need our trainee teachers to experience this transformational learning at university so that they can work with students in the classrooms of the future.”
Amelie Kelder believes if knowledge is about energy it then becomes connected to new tasks.
Ken Robinson suggests that it is time for creativity and collaboration to be part of a systematic process. Much like we learn numeracy and literacy. Where being creative and using knowledge in a new way needs to become a habit.
4. I am looking for a new metaphor for school. Guggenheim. A archetyple spiral. A metaphor that has energy!
5. I am looking to other disciplines for sign posts of where to go next. One sign post is The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa statement of intent. Within the statement is a vision about change.
Brian Sweeney, founder of NZEDGE.COM