Monday, April 05, 2004

"Learning and improvisation are closely related, at least, I believe they are. The idea of improvisation has a close association with the arts. In music, especially, improvisation has had a key role not only in jazz music, but as an essential skill in the classical compser's repertoire. It is interesting to note that famous classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were famous for their improvisatory brilliance, and this ability had a profound influence on their compositions. . . "

"A balanced perspective on improvisation in learning would lead to students, teachers and educational institutions becoming a source of knowledge and skill, in addition to being a distribution centre for knowledge and skill (I've artificially reduced learning to knowledge and skill here). If the curriculum itself was also viewed as a source of improvisation then it naturally become more open to the influence of the people "learning" it. A sense of dialgue would open up and conversation would be highly valued. This would mean that the rhythms, melodies and chords of the curriculum would become the basis for creative expression as well as interpretation."

"Perhaps at least one dimension of schooling should concentrate on oral traditions of learning."(Experience Designer Network | Learned Improvisation)

:: note :: . . . spent a lifetime defending complex understandings of improvisation within the area of education . . . never articulated but must take time to improvise . . . blogging is improvisation . . .