16 June, 2007

MULTIPLE APPROACHES



I keep coming back to the concept of Multiple Approaches.

I first came across the idea of Multiple Approaches in a workshop called Generating Genius- a program by Di Flemming and Micheal Demkov of 9 frameworks that when combined mimic genius thinking and create a culture of creativity.

A GOOGLE SEARCH shows this idea of using a variety of approaches to solve problems and create new thinking and learnings is becoming commonplace in many fields including philosophy, educational reform, slowing the spread of HIV, computer software design.

If we look how our chess program developed we can see the pattern of Multiple Approaches once again making an appearance.

If we look at ‘Chess and Numeracy’, then........we have a chess a numeracy program.

But, when we apply Multiple Approaches suddenly our project becomes multi-layed, textured and interesting. We are starting to see avenues to explore other elements of the benefits of chess including:
 Chess and Literacy
 Chess and Giftedness
 Chess and Social interaction
 Chess and Well-being
 Chess and Social Inclusion
 Chess and Improved Transition
 Chess and Community Partnerships
 Chess and Informal Learning
 Chess Therapy
 Chess as a tool for improving family dynamics
 Chess as a pedagody for increasing school connectedness
 Chess and mentoring

I've noticed a pattern with Multiple Approaches in a school program development setting- they work best when combined with Continuous Development. That is, within an environment when ideas continually grow and evolve slowly over time.

And thats another thing that keeps popping up in the blogosphere, the idea of 'slow pedagogies'. But thats another topic!

3 comments:

Leanne:) said...

And......
Chess and international travel opportunities

artichoke said...

I like multiple approaches - we should have more of them in our lives, we need to acknowledge complexity and reject single minded approaches to knowing stuff if we are to belong - international travel is also pretty compelling

When we allow ourselves to be partitioned through a statistical profile “a chimera of numbered chances” , a digital information surface, a composite of data, an e-portfolio narrative of identity, a “technogenic datum profile” where does it leave belonging? Narratives of Identity Nuances of Death

steve said...

Thanks Artichoke. Life is complex, hectic and busy. There's a fine line between trying to do everything at once, and just letting things unfold slowly as you 'go along'.