Re: Emergent Learning LO2233

Bernard Girard (
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 09:08:59 +0000

Replying to LO2192 --

Doug seeley wrote :

>I too am wondering about the necessary ingredients for emergent learning
>and whether it can be supported and applied in the learning

We whould make a distinction between two kinds of emergent learning.
Emergent learning of a well known technique (like riding a bicycle) and
emergent learning of an emergent technique, skill or knwoledge.

In the first case, we have an history of learning, we know it takes a week
(?) to learn how to ride a bicycle, we have teaching techniques (like
mentoring or peer teaching). In the second case, we don't have any of
these. =46rom a management point of view, there is a difference : - in the
first case, one can develop well known methods (like mentoring) to help
people learn skills that cannot be easily taught with other means, - in
the second case, we have to invent ways to help this emergent knowledge
diffuse in the team, in the group, in the company=8A

Bernard Girard