Traversing Bridges

 

Thanks Gerry Balding on Flickr for making this image available.

 

Learning over a lifetime is …

…a gradual traversing of a succession of increasingly more elaborate bridges … First, we need to know which bridge we are on. Second, we need to know how far along the learner is in traversing that particular bridge. Third, we need to know that, if it is to be a bridge that is safe to walk across, it must be well anchored on all sides, not just the culminating side. We cannot overattend to where we want the student to be — the far side of the bridge — and ignore where the student is. (pgs. 60-61)

~From Robert Kegan’s chapter “What ‘Form’ Transforms?” in Jack Mezirow’s (2000) Learning as Transformation: Critical Perspectives on a Theory in Progress.

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