How to put a plan into practice in the most effective way, solving real problems in the school or academic community? For many educators, achieving this goal is only possible when all the people affected by a particular issue are involved in their solution.
Those who choose this method are applying the main precept of perpetual evolution. The methodology can be used in the classroom or even to develop public policies related to education.
Check it out the benefits of the method and how to adopt it in the school environment.
Evolutionary learning is a methodology focused on finding solutions in a collaborative way. Its idea is to start with specific problems that must be solved by involving people directly impacted by it, and who will benefit from this solution.
This form of work take into account the experiences, points of view and knowledge of each social actor to support some decision making. It can be used to eliminate some issues in the school environment by involving parents, students, neighbors and teachers.
The result is more accurate, plural and effective decisions, once the solution was built together. Thus, perpetual evolution values different background knowledge to define new paths that will improve school or academy routine.
Several problems and everyday issues in schools or universities can be solved from evolutionary learning. It may seem challenging, but it is possible to involve the entire school or academic community in the pursuit of processes that make sense for a given reality.
In practice, evolutionary learning works with specific problems definition and their causes, search for the ways that can solve them, then goes to the execution of this planning and later monitoring and evaluation of results.
The power of this methodology is to involve all actors in every part of the process, even students and their families. The result is the empowerment of those involved, who perceive the value of their experiences in the search for practical, transformative and creative solutions.
To use evolutionary learning to solve problems is necessary to create a framework that supports the involvement of these people at every stage, from building to evaluating solutions.
The challenge is also to take into account points of view that are often brought by personal experience, family traditions or even observation. The important thing here is to find the worth of each perception.
Evolutionary learning can be used to solve complex problems, but it also has a great potential in the classroom. It can contribute to increase class engagement, as it values each student thoughts and experiences.
Another benefit is to ensure increasingly personalized teaching, as each class will be distinct, precisely because the experiences shared will also be different from class to class.
A possible alternative is to involve students in multidisciplinary projects dedicated to solving specific problems that can benefit the entire school community. If a school is situated close by a river for example, and suffers from the stench caused by the rubbish thrown in the area, how can students use their knowledge to solve it? The answer may be the application of knowledge acquired during previous classes combined with other experiences outside the school environment.
Another way to engage the class and school community is to put into practice the logic of open innovation. Not sure what it means? Check it out in this post.