An Introduction to the Social Change Model of Leadership: Learning Objectives
In this week’s reading, Fink said “we need a new language with which to talk about learning’, and I agree. The value of taxonomies of learning are that they give us a common language with which to think about, discuss and critique both learning and teaching. As a learner, I especially appreciate knowing what my goal is in a task. Knowing helps me filter for information importance and allows me to focus my time and attention where it needs to be.
As an instructor a taxonomy will provide the framework for me to critically edit my own content. In this week’s assignment, the building of a concept map, this became a literal exercise. Of the three taxonomies, I chose to work with Fink’s model because of the non hierarchical structure. In the subject of leadership, after some of the initial foundational groundwork is laid, I think the other 5 dimensions can be worked simultaneously and would benefit from doing so.
In this case, it only makes sense to approach them simultaneously because the students I am working are already fulfilling their leadership positions. As we build the foundation knowledge and practice developing skills, I hope to see the efforts they are already making grow more sophisticated and intentional. The social change model they will be working with has 3 basic components; know thyself; work civilly and productively within a group, and contribute positively to the community.
Using Fink’s model made it conceptually much easier for me to be able to work with the separate components simultaneously. Through the mapping process I realized that most of the foundational knowledge was attached to the actual theory we will be using rather than any of the three actual components. That was an immense help and changed my entire approach. My initial learning objectives will focus on comprehension. They are:
At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
* (Comprehension Level) summarize the 7 C’s of Leadership
* (Comprehension Level) differentiate social change initiatives from social service initiatives
* (Comprehension Level) identify the 3 components of the social change model and explain their relationship to each other.