Iain Doherty

Learning and Teaching Innovation

Wisdom has lost its moorings in the metaphysical but it might still have a place in our educational system. Wisdom transcends knowledge and skills and particular behaviors and might be defined as the capacity to act in terms of what one knows to be right. Sound judgement lies at the heart of wisdom.
Sir Ken Robinson
Truly Amazing Teacher
Really Not So Great

Knowledge and Wisdom

Whenever I think about education it comes to mind that we have a unique set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions. Thus, the person being educated is much more than a mind acquiring knowledge or a psychomotor system acquiring skills. Students of whatever age are complex individuals who can realize alternatives as a result of education. This is different from the argument that students do not come to as blank slates. That argument has to do with recognizing that students have prior knowledge in terms of which new knowledge is constructed. The line of thought that I am pursuing seeks to recognize students as unique individuals and personalities.

In this regard education ought to be about more than outcomes, activities and assessments. This is so despite the truism that assessment drives learning. There is a, pontentially at least, a holistic element to education in which the resultant whole is more than the sum of the parts. Education represents the opportunity to support students in developing in a direction in which they can make the most of their learning. This is where wisdom comes into it. It is one thing to have knowledge and another thing to know what to do with that knowledge. Helping students to know what they might do with their learning requires a whole of person approach.

The core skill of innovators is error recovery not failure avoidance - Pixar

Our Loss of Wisdom
Multiple Intelligences
What is Knowledge