2013 AAEEBL ePortfolio Conference
The ePortfolio Field Coming of Age: Knowledge, Research and Practice
Wednesday Special Session
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Knowledge and Integrative Learning:
Educating Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Change Agents for the 21st
Melissa Peet, MSW, Ph.D., Director of Integrative Learning and
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.
Peet, MSW, Ph.D.
Integrative Learning and Knowledge Management
Stephen M. Ross School
of Business, University of Michigan
Melissa Peet, MSW, Ph.D. --