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Shared Responsibility
Shared responsibility for learning is not necessarily a new pedagogical
method
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Typically, shared learning takes the form of open dialogue and
engaging philosophical discourse in which “teacher” and “student” mutually
engage and equally contribute. However, shared responsibility in our Facil-
itator Course took on more tangible forms and required more intentional
application. Two examples from Livingston’s class illustrate this point. Stu-
dents were asked to create their own vocabulary list of legal terminology.
From these individual lists, a classroom list was developed and continually
referenced throughout the course. Prior to the mid-term exam, students
were asked to recap what they felt were the most salient themes and con-
cepts to date; they were then given the opportunity — as a group — to
propose questions that would constitute the examination. The mutually de-
veloped examination embodied the trust and feelings of safety needed for
productive learning environments.
VII. The SIR — Students in Interaction with the
Environment
The SIR is a product of the interaction between individual relational par-
ticipants and the institution’s environment
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