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2013 Special Plenary: Melissa Peet
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2013 AAEEBL ePortfolio Conference

The ePortfolio Field Coming of Age: Knowledge, Research and Practice

July 31
Wednesday Special Session

Melissa Peet

1:00 - 2:00 pm
(Session #WP54)

Generative Knowledge and Integrative Learning:
Educating Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Change Agents for the 21st Century

Melissa Peet, MSW, Ph.D., Director of Integrative Learning and Knowledge Management
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The term "Generative Knowledge” refers to the evolutionary strengths and capacities we need in order to consciously learn, grow and adapt to changing conditions and new information across our lifespan. In order to prepare students who can learn for life, we must teach them how to identify the knowledge, skills and capacities they are gaining from life. This is not an easy task. The informal learning that emerges from our life experience is overwhelmingly tacit and therefore unconscious in nature. Although a growing body of research shows that tacit knowledge is essential to the development of competent entrepreneurs, practitioners, leaders and workers, this kind of knowledge is difficult to identify and articulate; thus, it is largely ignored within most higher education institutions.

In order to educate people who can address the complexities of the 21st century, our understanding of what it means to know and learn must change. Our definitions of learning must expand to include the vast hidden knowledge, skills and capacities people gain directly from their life experiences. Our educational institutions must provide students with opportunities to identify their hidden forms of intelligence and integrate their learning to connect what they are learning in the classroom to their innate passions, goals and sources of curiosity.

This presentation and workshop will provide an overview of the theory, research and methods that foster Generative Knowledge and Integrative Learning. A brief talk will be followed by an interactive exercise that will introduce participants to several Generative Knowledge methods being used by faculty, students and educators across a wide variety of schools, disciplines and programs in the U.S.

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Melissa Peet, MSW, Ph.D.
Director of Integrative Learning and Knowledge Management
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Melissa Peet, MSW, Ph.D. -- Bio Forthcoming


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