Knowledge and Learning In The News - 4/15/2006

What's Noteworthy on Learners, Learning & Schooling - McRel
Schools operating within the industrial age model of education do not provide working and learning environments that support the autonomous and independent contributions befitting life in an information age society. The industrial model of schooling defines tasks and responsibilities as selecting, sorting and delegating according to a relatively inflexible hierarchy. In contrast, a person who can and will function efficiently in the Information Age must develop the knowledge and skills to understand patterns, changing relationships and the "negotiated" meaning of those patterns and relationships. Since there are multitudinous sources, quantities and qualities of information inundating every aspect of private and organizational life, no one person or small group of people can control, sort and select the information needed by all of the people working in an organization.

Eight Things Leaders Never Do
Great leaders are few and far between. This has nothing to do with genetics. Rather, most people just don't know how to be leaders. The good news is that it's relatively easy to learn to be a leader.

Myers-Briggs: Celebrate or Reevaluate? - CLO
Do corporations see the dichotomy in having diversity programs that extol the richness of individuality and psychometrics that defines people by 16 behavioral classifications? Is organizational effectiveness and diversity enrichment enhanced by MBTI? Corporations should determine whether their commitment to multiculturalism is enhanced or hindered by these methods of profiling.

Are we fundamentally changing human nature in our lifetime? - IT Conversations (podcast)
Joel Garreau thinks that yes we will be...over the next twenty years. What's driving this? He goes into great depth on Moore's Law and later on, Metcalfe's Law, which he received brownie points from Bob at the end of his session. He talks about technologies, how they are now aimed inward and gives a number of s curve examples.

The Name Game - folksonomies - CIO
You can see what your colleagues are interested in. From a collaboration and knowledge-sharing perspective, that's what's neat about folksonomies.

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