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1 ADMIN REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL AFRICA KENYA INSTITUTE OF ADMINISTARTION, 18TH JUNE 2008 PEER LEARNING IN AFRICA Prof Okoth Okombo, UON

2 1. Illustrative Group Activity Participants go into groups as suggested by the presenter. Each group forms a line based on the members’ agreement on how the steps towards becoming a learning organization should be sequenced footprint by footprint. Win or loose as a group.

3 2. Our Blindness to Great Groups As We Worship Great Individuals The foundations of peer learning “Our mythology refuses to catch up with our reality. We cling to the myth of the Lone Ranger, the romantic idea that great things are usually accomplished by a larger-than-life individual working alone. Despite the evidence to the contrary, we will tend to think of achievement in terms of the Great Man or Great Woman, instead of the Great Group” ________W. Bennis and P.W Biederman, 2003 [Organizing Genius]

4 3. Is there a Place for Great Groups in the Classroom? Yes; listen to Warren Bennis (op.cit.) again: “ Obviously, there are lessons here for transforming our classrooms, our offices, even our communities. Traditionally, collaboration in the classroom, for instance, has been taboo, condemned as a form of cheating. Yet what we discover in Great Groups is that collaboration can only make our classrooms happier and more productive.”

5 4. So, What is It? Generally a form of cooperative learning Values the interaction of learners Supports or facilitates the interaction of learners Encourages ‘positive interdependence’ Takes learning to innovative settings: beyond the written word and teacher-guided tasks Requires teacher or trainer support but may be learner-initiated. Etc.

6 5. Where Does it Take Place? Peer learning activities may be conducted or performed: a) On-site In the classroom At the training place b) Off-site Away from the classroom/training place At a distance

7 6. What are Its On-site Methods? Buzz groups Solution and critic groups Affinity groups Group project Self-study groups Peer tutoring Jigsaw E.t.c

8 7. What are Its Off-site Methods? Peer-group newsletters Peer-group websites Peer-group teleconferencing Peer-group correspondence Peer-group journals Peer-group networks of various kinds. E.t.c

9 8. Whose Responsibility is It? a)0n-site Peer-group initiatives Trainer/teacher-guided peer activities b)Off-site Peer-group initiatives Institution/organization-guided peer activities

10 9. In a Nutshell Going back to good, old African wisdom enhanced by modern technologies

11 10. Appendix:The Five Disciplines [cf Peter Senge, 1990 as reported in James Kirk and Lynne Kirk, 1997] 1) Systems thinking - comprehending the big picture 2) Personal mastery - doing the job well 3) Mental models - critically questioning old assumptions 4) Shared vision - arriving at a collective purpose 5)Team learning - working together collaboratively

12 11. Cited Sources * Bennis, W. and P.W. Biederman (2003) Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration. Magna publishing Co. Ltd Kirk, James J. and Kirk, Lynne D. (1997). Training Games for the Learning Organization. New York, San Francisco etc: McGraw-Hill * The activity performed in this presentation was modified in various respects to suit the time and theme of the presentation. It was based on the play for “Walking the Talk: Becoming a Learning Organization.” (PP )‏


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