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How a Class Becomes a Community: Theory, Method, Examples ~ HASTAC

How a Class Becomes a Community: Theory, Method, Examples ~ HASTAC | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Cathy Davidson

 

"About three years ago I began inviting my student-led, peer-evaluated, collaboratively structured classes to think about the shape of a course: what defined it, what its participants could do to describe and circumscribe its practices, how a group of strangers, all enrolled in the same institutional experience of a “course,” could come together as a community of choice, mission, shared purpose, and mutually beneficial learning. It was a student in “This Is Your Brain On the Internet,” an undergraduate class I taught at Duke in 2010, who said, “We need a class constitution!”

 

"Now in virtually every class I teach we begin with an exercise where we jointly compose such a document. In composing rules for our class we have everyone contribute to peer-production of the very idea of “peer production.” We use a common document to think through what we want from the very particular commons of a class."

 

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This is Chapter One from the recent ebook Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies, available for free download from HASTAC.


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The more students participate democratically in building community the more they will learn what it means to live fully in community.

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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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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

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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leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry.

leading and learning: Education Readings - the battle for education/ PISA/ our brain/ teacher artistry. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The myths about digital technology is a good read.

 

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Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times

Is now best time to tackle teacher effectiveness? - St. Cloud Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Legislature examines bills on tenure, effectiveness; but is now best time to adopt them?

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Rather than talking about teacher effectiveness, perhaps talking about why there are shortages in many jurisdictions.

 

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Education Readings March 26th

Education Readings March 26th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach You've probably noticed that I'm posting this one day earlier than usual, as I will be out of internet access for the next few days. I welcome suggested articles, so if you come acro...
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The first link leads to a great article comparing Plato and Socrates' views on education. Aristotle is also used by some academics who write about education i.e. Gert Biesta.

 

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Duncan: America has no kids to spare

Duncan: America has no kids to spare | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
All of our children deserve an equal chance to succeed.

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That is what makes teaching so important.

 

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Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video)

Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As a treat for the readers of this blog here is a longer and more complete interview with Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded as part of the Learning {Re}imagined book where he discusses educational technology, creativity, assessment and the future of learning (15 minutes).   There are more exclusive videos contained within the book…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I wonder about the future of teaching. Learning is one side of the coin. It does not happen without dedicated adults.

 

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Phil Buckley's curator insight, March 26, 10:07 AM

Interesting reflections on the nature of learning and the direction of education in the future.

Lisa Gorman's curator insight, March 26, 7:02 PM

I have a great admiration for the thinking of Sir Ken Robinson... He speaks so eloquently and argues for creative learning...and so much more...

 

A stand out quote for me from this interview;

 

"What tends to dull the appetite [for learning] is being force fed things that people can't see an immediately relevance in or don't have an immediate interest in it...or where they are forced to learn in situations where they are inimitable... you know, 8 hours a day, sit still, do as you're told."

 

Bring on different ways of engaging with people around learning so that they not only 'get it' but they really enjoy it and become life long learners.

 

I recommend this 15 minute video to you!

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Creatividad ...Sir Ken Robinson – Learning {Re}imagined (video) | @scoopit via @AnaCristinaPrts http://sco.lt/...
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Questions from Prof.Bill Bassett

Questions from Prof.Bill Bassett | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Treehorn Express Professor G.W. [Bill] Bassett asks Professor Bill Bassett, one of Australia’s most respected and formidable academics wrote his memoirs in 1987. He described the period of lear...
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There is an excellent quote in the article that speaks to schooling and its role in uplifting a society. The point is we have lost our way. Bassett suggested the pinnacle was the 1960's and 1970's. There is interesting research in North American (Goodson cited in his work) about the way teachers speak differently today about teaching. It is less of a calling and more of a job. I did not experience many teachers who treated it only as a job, but enough to believe there is merit here and wonder about the connection between the highpoint and changing language.

 

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Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture

Teacher Motivation: Context and Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Catherine Joynson and Ottoline Leyser's The culture of scientific research identifies the motivation of scientists, which: provide[s] additional insights into how they view research, and the majori...
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The article raises good points. For generations, teaching was a calling and had vocational qualities going to the roots of vocation and speaking from the heart with courage.

 

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Learning needs a context

Learning needs a context | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information.

How often have students (ourselves included) been asked to memorize mass amounts of facts – historical dates, vocabulary words, science facts, get tested on them, just to forget almost all those memorized facts a week or two later? Given that is this learning experience is more common than not, why do educators insist on continuing this archaic and ineffective instructional practice?

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It does. Enough said.

 

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

Via Maree Whiteley
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We do not prepare children for the workplace, but teaching by topic is better than outdated subject material. It shifts teaching into a more trans-disciplinary way.

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 21, 9:59 PM

Teaching by topic not subject...high level integration of learning. Yet another level of education reform from Finland which we will be watching closely...Given our Australian Curriculum (with eight clearly defined Learning Areas) could this work at your school?

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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

Via Beth Dichter, The Rice Process
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Philosophers such as Gadamer have written about Bildung which incorporates these characteristics as projects of self-renewal.

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 20, 5:25 PM

We often hear of growth mindset and fixed mindset. Is there also a creative mindset? Jackie Gerstein suggests that there is a creative mindset in this post. Why? If a mindset is defined as "ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation"  there is a list of "ideas and attitudes" that may be part of a creative mindset. The visual above provides Gerstein's list of some items she considers important for a creative mindset. The list is also below.

* Believes in one's own creativity

* Embraces curiosity

* Suspends judgement - silences the inner critic

* Tolerates ambiguity

* Persists even when confronted with skepticism and rejection

* Taps into childlike imagination; a child's sense of wonder

Each of these is described in more detail and links to additional resources are provided. There is also a short discussion conditions necessary to facilitate creative mindset in a classroom.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 21, 11:26 AM
Thanks, Beth Dichter. I find the mindsets very understandable and appealing, much like the science habits of mind.
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Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery

Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Ten Disciplines of a Learner
We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”

Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”

1.     Asks questions

2.     Builds on other people’s ideas

3.     Uses mistakes as learning opportunities

4.     Takes criticism constructively

5.     Speaks up

6.     Welcomes a challenge

7.     Takes risks

8.     Listens with an openness to change

9.     Perseveres in tasks

10.   Decides when to lead and when to follow.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism



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Working cooperatively is not cheating. It is an important skill set that helps students today and down the road.

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 21, 9:57 AM

Love this examination of 'Disciplines of a Learner" that clearly distinguishes between master and learning. I think we should demonstrate greater value to the lifelong skill of learning .

Carv Wilson's curator insight, March 21, 10:01 AM

Like the questions.

 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 2:07 PM

Whether in school or the work place, we talk about measurable goals and objectives but most of us struggle to define how those goals or objectives might be measured. Now that's often because the goals and objectives aren't actually measurable, but it's mostly because we don't think through what we're actually asking students or employees to accomplish.  For students, success and progress can be measured when they see "that [their] learning, not [their] intelligence" matters. For  employees, success and progress can be measured in much the same way.

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The Power of Not Knowing

The Power of Not Knowing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

When was the last time you said “I don’t know” in a business or organizational context, with the idea that your honesty would actually get you somewhere?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Not knowing opens up space for exploring and questioning. It seems to fit with Dewey's theory of learning.

 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, March 19, 4:42 PM

 “How does what we know get in the way of what we don’t know?”

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Memories can be considered dormant or stored expressions of energy. Thoughts can lead us in previously unimagined directions. So perhaps ‘knowledge’ is actually the power in not knowing, as well as realising that what we don’t know matters more than what we think we know. It is the practice of constantly becoming ‘knowledgeable’, or, developing the ability to send and receive knowledge, rather than having to own it or store it.


Reading time: 15mins

Graham Ward's curator insight, March 22, 3:34 PM

Great article which begins with a great question: How does what we know get in the way of what we don't know?

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for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages

for the love of learning: Alberta Education's misleading class size averages | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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These seem to be global and universal problems.

 

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kelvinsmim's curator insight, Today, 4:24 AM

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After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study that shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

Via Suvi Salo
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We think and imagine in images and not words.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, March 25, 7:59 PM

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What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign?

What Went Wrong With the Starbucks #RaceTogether Campaign? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The well-intentioned attempt to become part of the conversation about race backfired when the Starbucks campaign was met with criticism from the media and social media users alike.


Via ICTPHMS
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It was well-intentioned, but it is a hard topic to talk about in a public setting.

 

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Stephanie Michelle Crowe's curator insight, March 26, 9:08 PM

A look at what detracted from the #RaceTogether - from the article "When the voices of detractors begins to outshine the original intent of the campaign, the brand is suddenly off message, and on the defensive. If organization doesn’t have a plan to counter the negative message, the whole campaign could be lost."

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Student engagement - Brookings Institution

Student engagement - Brookings Institution | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In part three of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education, Tom Loveless examines student engagement, and how it relates to academic achievement.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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Canada ranks below the line, as well.

 

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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic

How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Because parents & teachers live separately, tension can arise, but it doesn't have to be this way.


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We are on the same side. Dewey recognized that.

 

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Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. 

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It makes so much sense.

 

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, March 23, 8:00 AM

Parents HEAR this message. Why do so few heed it?

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for the love of learning: My Talk on Education as Crime Prevention

for the love of learning: My Talk on Education as Crime Prevention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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It is easier to help children become strong then to intervene when they are troubled adults.

 

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leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards.

leading and learning: Bali Haque.The failure of Education Reforms in New Zealand - with an emphasis on secondary schools. NCEA/ NZC and National Standards. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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What caught my eye was the point about whether teaching is important. The answer was "it depends." By and large, the vase majority of teachers do a good job so there is little in there that suggests a qualified answer.

 

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Student Engagement’s Three Variables: Emotion, Behavior, Cognition

Student Engagement’s Three Variables: Emotion, Behavior, Cognition | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Ace Parsi - For true student engagement, a student has to be invested in learning in three distinct ways: emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively.

Via Mel Riddile, LET Team
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Engagement is different than empowerment. The former is the responsible acceptance of an invitation into one's own learning. The latter is something given to us.

 

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, March 22, 11:18 PM

Remember:  Social and Emotional Learning is foundational for education.  You can not educate the mind without educating the heart.

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What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic

What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
More kids are setting aside books to spend time with tablets & cell phones. Still, fanfare over popular franchises suggests many kids remain eager readers.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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The point about reading declining with Internet usage is key. There needs to be good integration of the two so that neither suffers. Children learn to use the right tool at the right time in the right situation.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 5:47 PM

Access, access, access. Whether print books or ebooks, when students have access to a wide range of books they are more likely to read.

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Aspiring teachers struggled on new tests, data show, prompting diversity debate

Aspiring teachers struggled on new tests, data show, prompting diversity debate | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The new tests are designed to make the profession more selective, but last year’s pass rates have reprised concerns about […]

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The hidden curriculum extends its reach into our higher education.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings memory/ testing!/play/charter schools/ and the past revisited

leading and learning: Education Readings memory/ testing!/play/charter schools/ and the past revisited | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Bruce provides excellent and provocative links to articles again.


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Top 10 skills for the 21st-century worker ← My Career Info

Top 10 skills for the 21st-century worker ← My Career Info | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

RT @MyCareerInfo: Here are the top ten "soft skills" in most demand for the 21st-century worker [Infographic]: http://t.co/Xk5NxKOK9l #jobs…


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I am more inclined to think responsibility is more important than accountability. It is internal and not external.

 

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Rosa Maurí Castelló's curator insight, March 20, 8:42 AM

añada su visión ...

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plus intelligence and sympathie