Template: Learning Design and Pedagogy

Template: Learning Design and Pedagogy

            Change comes to a system first as information, then as a choice and finally as a behavior. Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe is a pedagogical method whose characteristics are ideally suited to the creative and artistic nature of Innovators and Early Adopters who begin a diffusion process. Learning systems that rely on dialogue, conferencing and self-directed learning are necessary when presentations do not work to share information for adoption beyond the visionary minority. Diffusion of an innovation is both a process of communication and a process of learning. The failure of most innovations to diffuse indicates that traditional approaches to learning focused on explanation through media or presentation are poor choices for permanent social and organizational change. A better understanding precedes new choices and the adoption of new behaviors. Learning that facilitates the diffusion of an innovation must facilitate conversations, relationships and self-discovery.





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.

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