Measures of LO Effectiveness LO6214
Mon, 25 Mar 1996 00:37:15 -0500

Replying to LO6107 --

Rol gives an interesting opinion about what a Learning Organization might
be and how we would know whether we are making progress towards becoming
one. I'd like to take my own stab at the question of how we'd know
whether we're still in Kansas.

1. Whenever real learning has taken place, there will be a distinct and
observable change in the learner's behavior.

This is the first of the fundamental principles of learning listed by
Montessori educators. If it is true, learning will result in results not
previously possible. That leads to a simple question to determine whether
one is in a learning organization:

Are you achieving results this year that you could not have predicted last
year? [An alternative statement of this question is: Do you know how to
do things this year that you did not know how, or even know how to learn
how, to do last year?] Are you learning new ways to learn?

If you are truly learning, what is probable will continually change. That
is, the improbable eventually becomes probable simply because that is your
track record.

Ron Davison (, video producer of "A Change in Thinking:
Systems Thinking, Learning & Intellectual Capital."  San Diego.

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