SOL introduces the idea of the learning conversation which was a method developed through action research over more than 20 years. It explored the PROCESS of learning as opposed to the CONTENT.
The learning conversation may involve one person facilitating another without directly inputting herself -
or it may be a shared two way conversation about the subject.
It is always aimed at being enabling and empowering.
It uses skills such as paraphrasing, reflecting, empathic listening, clarifying, questioning, immediacy and appropriate challenging.
It encourages reflection.
It uses Role Mapping
It suggests that there are three levels of conversation -
1. The Life Conversation
2. Conversation about the Learning (Personal Learning Contracts are very important)
3. Learning to Learn Conversation
Each conversation increases capacity
We often behave Robotically (e.g. in driving it may be useful to let the robot take over)
The Learning Trough