Thursday, May 14, 2009

What about Han Solo?

Here's how I understand Solo:
  1. The Homer: Prestructual - Nice guy but misses the point.
  2. The Bat: Unistructual - You have the bat but you don't have a ball or any other items to play the game.
  3. The Wolverine: Multistructural - Knows about mutants, fights for mutant rights, but is not a mutant.
  4. The Spider Web: Relational - Here's where it gets tricky and sticky, you need to pull things apart, put it in order, look at it closely, compare, contrast, explain and then put them back together again explaining causes, making analogies and relating it to your experience.
  5. The King: Extended Abstract - The Mac-Daddy, El Capitan, Don Corleon, The Godfather - take what you have learnt and apply it to a different situation.  Make something, predict something, imagine and reflect.
There you go, it's a start.

Trevor Bond

This guy was freakin awesome and he really struck a chord with me. It's so wierd how he was there about questioning but I ended up taking away so much about other things. Actually, I did take a bit of everything from him.

The 'pentagon of understanding' that encumpasses all ways of knowing really stuck in my mind the most.  I related it back to my experience of travelling to Guatemala.

Here are the sides (I can't draw them)
  1. Episodic/experience
  2. Factual
  3. Linguistic
  4. Conceptual
  5. Behavioural/skill
My partner is 1/2 Guatemalan and I guess that's where my story begins.  Her mum was born and raised there but left to have all of her children in New Zealand.  I had a distorted 'understanding' of Guatemala based on some facts, behaviours and concepts that I understood at the time.  

However, once travelling there in 2003, I was able to include some experience, linguistic and conceptual knowledge to my increasing fact and behaviour knowledge.

Finally by the end of a 5 month stay in 2005, my understanding of Guatemala was sound as I had developed and combined experience, factual information, Linguistic, Conceptual, and Behaviours and skills knowledge.

This was over about 6 years!  I guess good things take time.

There were so many other points Trevor brought up and it was a fantastic day!  I really enjoyed the sound of his voice; and it was obvious he knew what he was talking about.  

He is someone who I aspire to be.