How does connectedness relate to student learning? Does connectedness promote deeper understanding and how?
Connectedness is the state of being able to recognize, understand, and act on connections across content, people, space, and time. It relates to learning in multiple ways.
- Making connections across content is a time-honored form of learning that I do not feel I have to defend. If we are going old school, it is found in Bloom’s taxonomy in terms of “synthesis.” It is the basis of interdisciplinary education. Dewey. Montessori It is pattern recognition. It is Meyers and Land’s threshold concept. It is Vygotsky’s movement across the zone of proximal development. It is the “if this then this” of logical argument.
- Making connections across people is the basis of social learning. It is in dialogue education. Mezirow, Freire, Vella. Vygotsky. Bruner. Lave and Wenger. It is being introduced to and contemplating the position of “the other.” From another vantage point, making connections across people can speak to social networking. Forming personal learning networks allows learners to seek out, find, and engage in learning experiences during which they make connections across content.
- Making connections across space and time is the basis of reflective learning. Schon. It is about looking about across your past acts and experiences and transferring knowledge to your current contexts.