Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bagels = Maslow?

Ok, I want to throw out a thought that’s been bugging me in the online Adult Ed class I’m wrapping up. I took over pre-defined courseware and don’t have a lot of room for rapid re-writes.

We spend some time discussing major theorists, including the venerable Maslow. One of the trends that shows up in the first assignment on theories is that providing food & drink during formal trg sessions or pointing out locations of fire escapes, etc. satisfies the one of the basic Maslow needs at the bottom of the pyramid.

I disagree. Mostly.

In situations where a learner is under the direct care of an organization or institution , then I think an argument could be made to support that premise. However…

Adult learners who are pursuing education and development are largely responsible for fulfilling their own basic needs. Granted, someone who is having difficulty making ends meet and has their residence and meals at risk may have some challenges keeping focused on their studies, but I submit that the education provider’s primary role is to help manage and meet esteem needs in support of educational goals.

My other argument against the Bagels for Maslow is during online, distance, or informal learning scenarios. Again, the learner should bear the responsibility for fulfilling the basic needs so that they can keep moving up the pyramid.

I’m definitely interested in your thoughts.

New thoughts of managing learner behaviours

(already posted to my Google+ stream)

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing some research and prep for an instructor development workshop. This is something we run in-house for the new folks just posted in to the School. The session I’ll be facilitating is on trainee behaviors.

I wanted to do a little digging beyond the CF resources to see what people were saying about managing these behaviors. My gut was also telling me that focusing exclusively on ‘negative’ behaviors put a bad spin on things. After all, as soon as you’ve been given a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Read the rest of this entry