Re: Consultants as learning stewards,etc. LO1019

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Tue, 2 May 1995 10:17:15 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO922 --

> Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 23:59:53 -0400
> From:
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> What is striking about this model is that it appears to exclude the learner
> from much of the research process. Steward, as I understand it, embraces
> service, partnership and empowerment in pursuit of shared vision. How can we
> sincerely and actively involve learners in not only solving problems, but
> also creating visions that surpass problem solving?
> Laura L. Bierema

Laura, you raised a very interesting and intriguing question here.
I too wonder how many consultants really try to help their clients to
learn how to learn? How many consultants really try not to create
dependency on the clients?

My view is that consultants should not tell clients what to do to
solve their problems, but create the "right set of conditions" for the
client to learn how to learn to discover by themselves. In many
situations, consultants act like medical doctors, who come in, check, and
recommend solutions, and the patient (client) does not learn anything
about how to do it him/herself. I believe that we should go in with the
clear idea that, after we complete our job, the client will not need us
anymore or at least for similar problems! I guess that my bottom line
question here is: Do consultants promote learning among their clients?


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