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Are different areas of life included?


When different areas of life are involved in a learning process, it increases the possibility that learners will then act in respect of them. Positive emotions play a big part in learning. Transferring knowledge into different areas of life can connect learners more emotionally with a certain topic. If you feel that a principle is important in all areas of life, because you know how it affects nature, the community in which you live and yourself, it is more likely to be something you won´t forget again, and will try to keep in mind in your actions.

Our vision is that through examples or discussion it would be possible to get the learners thinking about transferring what they have learned to other contexts. If they learn that trees have a circular life-cycle which ensures that nutrients are reused, this understanding could also be seen to be relevant in a non-natural environment. Here production is often in a linear model, but would be much more sustainable on all levels if a closed loop or circular model like a tree was adopted. Therefore,

  • ensure that learning experiences are related to many different areas, from the self to the natural and technical world around us, and from the local to the global level of society.
  • encourage an active transfer to the learner's own life and community and to the natural world/ global issues/ the non-natural environment during and after the learning experience.
  • allow the learners to see that things are interdependent and connected on an economic, social and ecological level.

There is no expectation that learners have to experience all areas as a core part of every activity, just as many as are relevant and meaningful.

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