Fresh Approaches to Agency and Learning
The near-universal assumption that the individual agent is the appropriate unit of analysis for understanding human performances.
The prevalent tendency to attempt to understand human performances by atomising them into their component parts. The sum of these parts is then assumed to be equivalent to the original whole.
The common focus on the more overtly cognitive aspects of human performances, which results in ‘thin’ understandings that overlook many other crucial aspects of performances, such as affect, know-how, the role of judgement, and the various influences of context.
Stressing the importance of analysis at the level of groups, rather than the almost exclusive focus on individuals;
Drawing on complexity thinking, employing holistic, relational understandings, rather than ‘black-box’ approaches to relationality;
Recognising the central role of judgement (‘professional judgement’ and ‘practical judgement’), and the oft-overlooked contribution of affect, where judgement crucially involves dimensions other than the cognitive (or rational).
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