Presentation on theme: "The Map of Meaning A possible framework for a curriculum for meaningful work and a meaningful life."— Presentation transcript:
1The Map of MeaningA possible framework for a curriculum for meaningful work and a meaningful life.
2Background:A student for 23 years An adult educator for 23 years
3Current Context Learning without overviews Unarticulated world views that are not challengedLittle connection between disciplinesLittle connects to what makes for meaningful work or meaningful livingReinforces the learner’s sense ofconfusion, fragmentation and inability to make sense of the world
4How would it be…..If there was a way to begin to address these issues?
5The Map of MeaningMarjolein Lips-Wiersma, University of Canterbury, New ZealandLani Morris, Holistic Development Group
6Making the Importance of Meaningfulness Visible The Map of MeaningMaking the Importance of Meaningfulness Visible
8Developing the inner self The examined life is vital to meaningful living, and that whom we are becoming as a result of being engaged in our lives and work greatly matters to us as human beings.Moral growthPersonal growthBeing true to our self
9Embedded in different worldviews but common themes Courage to be who I was meant to be Be the change you want to see in the world Saying yes to the voice of God within me You might as well be yourself, everyone else is taken
17TensionsMeeting the needs of the four pathways can set up tensions and too much focus on one can lead to a loss of meaning. Being and Doing Self and Others
18InspirationConnection with the transcendent What is at the heart of things The human desire to ever improve oneself and to improve the conditions for others.
19Reality of Self and Circumstances We will always battle with imperfection The latin word ‘humilitas’ has at its’ root ‘humus’, the earth. Humility is befriending our earthly gravity, the world of our instincts, material demands or needs, and shadowsides. Humility is the courage to see reality. Embrace our earthliness from which we often also get a clearer perspective on who we are and our relationship with the transcendent.
20Inspiration and Reality of Self and Circumstances The bigger realm where meaningfulness takes place, which is at any time, somewhere between inspiration and reality; between our hopes, ideals and visions for the future and the place in which we currently find ourselves. Both are automatically present in conversations about meaningfulness.
21So, how does this fit and sit with your experience as educators?
22Where do you see this fitting with the work you do?
24If we put the student’s need for a meaningful life and meaningful work at the foundation of our curriculum design – what could it look like?
25The Map of Meaning is Foundational to human beings It supports us working human to humanIt maps what is, not what ought to beIt strengthens intrinsic motivation – necessary for future workIt puts learners at the centreIt gives them a framework from which they can holistically develop themselves– even in uncertain times