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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


Via Robin Good, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Audrey
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I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

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Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:14 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access any social media, but rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we could start thinking about what is possible and lobbying for change.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:18 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. Using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing. But they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any age, and any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access social media. But rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we should start thinking about what is possible, and lobbying for change. Could you use a Scoop.it collection as an assessment task?

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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School

How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Young children ask lots of questions, but around the time they enter school, those questions begin to fade. Author Warren Berger outlines five ways to help


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Hans-Georg Gadamer referred to the questions we need to ask as eloquent with no fixed answers. The question and its topic(s) holds space open and structures ensuing conversations. In an age where it is easy to just browse and search, we stifle wonder and awe for children and adults.

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How Teams Can Transform Schools by Elena Aguilar

How Teams Can Transform Schools by Elena Aguilar | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Elena Aguilar

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Team and community are  not synonomous; however one can lead to the other. Community can be messy and chaotic which is why communication (which shares a common etymology with community) is essential. There is considerable risk of remaining a team without transforming. I coached hockey for years and players and coaches can get stuck in ruts.

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ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don’t understand but need to know

ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don’t understand but need to know | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What it is, who it affects, and help for parents and teachers from an ADHD expert.
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There is room for the use of medication, but what if we helped children cope with their attention difficulties. I was once asked if I was ADHD by a professor in my Masters' program. We all have features that might suggest we struggle with attention and, depending on circumstances i.e. tough day, improper sleep and food, we might demonstrate those more.

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Why successful leaders are compassionate

Why successful leaders are compassionate | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Harvard Scientist Dr. Emma Seppälä on the power of compassion in the workplace.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Roger Francis, Wise Leader™
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The word compassion means to share one's passion with others. Observe great teachers. What they love, they share with other people around them. Ditto for great leaders; managers not so much.

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The Truth About Wasting Time At Work - Forbes

The Truth About Wasting Time At Work - Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What does our obsession with time-keeping at work say about us as leaders?

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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Gadamer proposed that work, including teaching and learning, that is worthwhile allows us to while over its worth.

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By Liz Ryan. We are stupid and deluded about time at work. We measure how long it takes to perform every minute task, until the  measurement itself becomes more important than the task.

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Through the Looking Glass - On Leadership

Through the Looking Glass - On Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Dr Eugene Fernandez Lewis was walking past the office kitchen when he overheard a hushed conversation - off with his head I say, off with his head, it was the voice of Carol his executive

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Leadership programs are formulaic. Leadership is a performance and a leader's character are important.

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Thanks for your comments Ivon.
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Thanks for your comments Ivon and for scooping the article.
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Fixing Schools Outside of School

Fixing Schools Outside of School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Districts are turning to private companies, nonprofits, and foundations for partnerships that can help tackle the biggest impediments to learning.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Fixing sounds like we know how to cure what ails things and people. It is why we are in the bind we are in. The people closest to the scene, teachers, parents, and students, have the least say in what happens. It should not be a free-for-all, but isn't that what we have now? And, yes we do have external partners helping us, hence the neo-liberal economic and political agendas perpetuated in our curricula.

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From Solitary to Society - Harvard Political Review

From Solitary to Society - Harvard Political Review | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Almost 100,000 prisoners in America are in solitary confinement. This degrades their mental health and makes the transition back to society much harder.

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Those who think solitary confinement is appropriate should ask how they might like to cut almost completely from meaningful human contact.

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Why You Need to Hire More Wrestlers and Soccer Players

Why You Need to Hire More Wrestlers and Soccer Players | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Athletes are driven to perform at a high level. They choose to compete and spend time honing their abilities to win. Individual and team athletes bring different skills, but they can both be assets to your company
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This is a short and interesting article.

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My Biggest Regret as a Teacher - Cooper on Curriculum

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher - Cooper on Curriculum | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

In June 2014 I officially left my job as a fourth grade teacher, and the classroom, to become an administrator. Since joining the dark side, I continuously ask myself what I could have and should have done differently for my students.


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Do we want children to hear us making sarcastic and cutting comments?

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How to achieve academic excellence

How to achieve academic excellence | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Academic excellence is the quality of being eminent in the field of higher education particularly teaching and research. There are high qualities of educational programs in certain institutions in the world from where many illustrious academicians made their way to the world. However, most... https://www.allassignmenthelp.co.uk/blog/how-to-achieve-academic-excellence/


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A little superficial, but useful.

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Renaissance Florence was a Better Model for innovation than Silicon Valley is - HBR

Renaissance Florence was a Better Model for innovation than Silicon Valley is - HBR | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

 

Urban planners the world over yearn to replicate the success of Silicon Valley: witness Thames Valley (England) and Silicon Oasis (Dubai), to name just two of these attempts. Invariably, these well-intentioned efforts fail for the simple reason that they’re trying to replicate the wrong model. Silicon Valley is too new, too now, to glean lessons from.

 

Chap 1 : Talent needs patronage.

Chap 2 : Mentors matter.

Chap 3 : Potential trumps experience.

Chap 4 : Disaster creates opportunities.

Chap 5 : Embrace competition.

Chap 6 : Seek out and synthesize ideas.


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This is a great article. The premise shakes one up and suggests that a teacher-student relationship is vital. We have created an individual system where cooperation and community are often overlooked as important ingredients.

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Do We Really Have High Expectations for All?

Do We Really Have High Expectations for All? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When it comes to high expectations in the classroom, learning consultant Barbara Blackburn says daily teacher behaviors speak louder than professed beliefs.


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Parker Palmer stated many teachers use the podium or the desk to build barriers. I observed one teacher turn lights off and put overheads on and sit on his Twitter account. We need caring and sensitive teachers.

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The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work

The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When we try to do things in a rush, we are usually destined to fail from the start — something I learned from my own mistakes. Faster doesn’t necessarily mean better.


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Patience allows us to pause and listen closely to others, the world, and ourselves.

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David Hain's curator insight, February 1, 6:26 AM

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience" ~ Tolstoy, HT @faisal_hoque

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(From the article): Being a patient listener allows us to absorb the full message, both spoken and unspoken. Being patiently mindful of the speaker’s every gesture, facial expression, and change in tone allows for a fuller understanding of the underlying issues.

TIME ALLOWS FOR SMARTER DECISIONS.

The best ideas seldom come to mind immediately. The longer we take to ponder a problem, the easier our brains may find it to fit everything into place. It is often in the quiet moments when inspiration strikes, and it hardly ever happens when we are desperate to make a decision. An attitude of patience helps us to smooth over those inevitable bumps in the road, and we usually reach the best path in our own time.

 

Any decision can be made quickly, but the consequences of those choices live for much longer. We live in a world where split-second decisions and decisive actions are constantly encouraged at our workplaces. How much smoother would things be if we all took the time to make the right decision the first time? It is all too easy to be hijacked by pressures and emotions and rushed into a hasty mistake.

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Education Readings February 12th

Education Readings February 12th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Online Public Schools Are a Disaster, Admits Billionaire, Charter School-Promoter Walton Family Foundation Oh what a surprise….. “The majority of online charter students had far weaker academic growth in both math and reading compared to…
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Allan Alach offers some links to great articles related to scholing. The one that caught my eye was about needing creative teachers. Creative teachers invite students to take responsiblity for their own learning by opening up pedagogic spaces where teaching and learning can happen.

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Leading in an Increasingly VUCA World

Leading in an Increasingly VUCA World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The world is getting more dynamic and complex, not less, so leaders must learn how to surmount new challenges.

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Surmounting new challenges is about sharing the load. Good leaders understand that others help in VUCA times.

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Resilience isn't just a nice-to-have. Here's why.

Resilience isn't just a nice-to-have. Here's why. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The workplace throws up a steady stream of obstacles and challenges e.g. colleague relationships, organisational ways of working, workloads etc., and it’s our resilience or the ability to cope with the obstacles that come our way, to bounce back, learn from mistakes, to make amends when necessary, and most important of all, begin again without rumination or regret, which determines our wellbeing at work.

 Resilience was once seen as a rare human feat - but now, research shows that within a well-functioning emotion system, resilience can be standard and that people’s levels of resilience are not set in stone, but can be improved through experience and training (Barbara L Fredrickson, PhD.)


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Resilience is important. As a hockey player and coach, I found that the ability to bounce back was incrediblly important to one's perception and measures of success, whatever they might be. It is not always about winning. It is about the effort and process of playing, living, teaching, etc. With micro-management, rather than leadership, in education, it is doubly hard to be resilient.

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James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance

James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance."

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You have to hang in there.

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Leadership: Start With Trust

Leadership: Start With Trust | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership starts with influence and influence starts with trust. Ability to truly connect with others is vital for leaders to build an environment where a leader is trusted for the intentions before being respected for competence. I once worked with a new CEO who came on-board, took charge and

Via Bobby Dillard
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I don't know that leaders begin with trust, but they have to get there and quickly. In the latter stages of my teaching career, I did not trust the school managers I worked for. It was time to leave.

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25 Must-Read Books for the Educational Hacktivist or Contrarian - Etale - Digital Age Learning

Maybe you love the way things are going in modern education. Perhaps you are desperately looking for an alternative. Or, you might already be deeply rooted in alternative education or educational Continue Reading →

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The first and last one say it all and bracket the list well. Postman drew on Ivan Illich's ideas in his book.

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5 papers every learning professional should read

5 papers every learning professional should read | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I don't read as many journal articles as I'd like. Given the challenges and pressures of professional life, combined with everything else that's been going on privately, I've fallen out of the habi...

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I used Gert Biesta extensively in my dissertation. I rue the day we shifted from relational language that involves someone teaching someone to the what he calls the "learnification of educational discourse" based on learning outcomes as if they could be fixed.

 

William Pinar writes in similar vein questioning the neo-liberal and neo-conservative agendas at work in education.

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Radical Pedagogy - Visual Thinkery

Radical Pedagogy - Visual Thinkery | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
My wife is my signpost – for some things, anyway. She reads faster than me and tells me of books that I might like. I have but one requirement: at the end of the book, I want to be able to say “I’ve never read anything like that before”. As a result, I’ve been enjoying …

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Paulo Freire's work was aimed largely at adults. Certainly, we want children to question the world and explore it, but will they understand what oppression really is and subvert it? We can begin the process with open dialogue including eloquent questions without fixed answers and understand we exist in radically contingent worlds. We do not know what is around the next corner.

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A tool you can use.  Thank you Bryan.

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PE for all? Not just a slogan but an effective educational innovation

PE for all? Not just a slogan but an effective educational innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
PE for children who do not like PE: it is an attractive slogan for the majority who are not the fastest, the strongest or blessed with the best hand-to-eye co-ordination. As Richard Garner, our Education Editor, reports today, it is not just a slogan but an effective educational innovation. 

Via Peter Mellow
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The opening says it all. Good PE teachers reach most and often all of their students by shifting the way they invite students to participate. It is not just about the best showing off and dominating, but everyone participating.

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Creating An Empowering School Environment - Hybrid Pedagogy

Creating An Empowering School Environment - Hybrid Pedagogy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This story is about technology and how its use can contribute to building a culture of trust and empowerment.
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A key conclusion was that trust was placed in teachers first. They could choose how to use social media and understood that boundaries existed. That is a key first step. My experience is that teachers are externally ordered (Gert Biesta's work is interesting) by bureaucrats and technocrats who appear to have little insight into the messy conditions that exist in classrooms and their human relationships.

 

This article, based on research, was not a blind acceptance or a total rejection of social media, but a realistic and practical assessment.

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Icarus Falling: Re-Imagining Educational Theory

Icarus Falling: Re-Imagining Educational Theory | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This article offers a critique of the notion of ‘capacity building’ in educational theory. Are the intentions behind the latter enterprise as benign and altruistic as they first appear? How is the term ‘capacity building’ to be understood?

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This is an interesting article. What does capacity building mean? We use terms as if they are neutral, but that is not the case. Who is served through capacity building?

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