I am a little behind and am still thinking about change. I have been following your discussions on change in the forum, listened to Dave and carefully read Stephens article on patterns of change and kept reasonably quiet as it all seems to deal with how change is occurring in a very objective way, distant from human beings, rather than to go into much depth as to how it affects human beings in their learning journeys. “Change’ very much upsets the apple-cart of people’s lives; it affects their level of confidence and their motivation to get involved in activities. Adult educators would argue that it is a trigger to personal transformation.
I just went back to an article by Carl Rogers(that he first published in 1967) that talks about the interpersonal relationship in the facilitation of learning. He states: ‘We are, in my view, faced with an entirely new situation in education where the goal of education, if we are to survive, is the facilitation of change and learning. The only man who is educated is the man who has learned how to learn; the man who has learned how to adapt and change; the man who has realized that no knowledge is secure, that only the process of seeking knowledge gives the basis for security. Changiness, a reliance on process rather than upon static knowledge, is the only thing that makes sense as a goal for education in the modern world’ (Rogers, 2002,p.26).
In my view the ability to cope with change and embrace change are critical to human growth and development so are critical literacies. I like to see people as holistic human beings and we cannot dis-entangle technological change from other societal changes that influence change in people’s personal lives. I have added this post to week 2 general forum on change.