EXPLORING THE PAST : REVISITING OUR PAST IN OUR PRESENT

+rklaw99 opened up an idea through his post on revisiting Instanbul it got me thinking of how we use opportunities in the present to revisit our past.. Perhaps its just rekindling memories of people, places, experiences or other things. Perhaps its something deeper and more profound as we reflect on these memories and put them into a new and wider context because of the life we have lived and the lessons we have learnt. Perhaps these things we do in the present to revisit the past really affect who we are now as they enable us to make better sense of our life and draw deeper meanings and significance from the past. Perhaps this is about how and who we have become rather than the laying down of ideas for whom we might become as we project ourselves into the future.

This is a fascinating subject and I welcome your perspectives. Have you done something in your present to explore the past and how did this exploration affect you?

Re-exploring Istanbul 33 years on, visiting daughter Carina who works here now. More challenging a generation on, but new discoveries within and without. Will try to attach stuff, including the cleverly interwoven muezzin from Agia Sophiya and Sultan Ahmet mosques. 

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'World Lifewide Learning & Education Day'
April 13th 2017

The purpose of the day is to draw attention to, and raise awareness of, the meaning, relevance and significance of the idea and practices of lifewide learning and education in a modern world. On this day we encourage you to share an example of your learning, creativity or achievement in any aspect of your life and join us in an asynchronous conversation about the importance of lifewide learning and education.

These small contributions to the collective development of mankind, will be brought together in a special issue of Lifewide Magazine whose purpose is to raise awareness of the fact that we learn, develop and achieve through every part of our life, and who we are and who we become is the result of interpreting and integrating these experiences and the learning we have gained.

This global event is being encouraged and facilitated by Lifewide Education and the International Association for Lifewide Learning. These organisations advocate, encourage and support a lifewide approach to learning, education, personal development, creativity and achievement. You can find out more here
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HOW DO WE ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP LEARNERS TO BE EXPLORERS? LIFEWIDE MAGAZINE #18

Your perspectives on exploration are welcome.

One of the great joys in life is to discover something that we did not know. Sometimes it’s by chance but often it emerges through deliberate acts of searching in order to find out. We explore to put ourselves into the places and spaces with highest potential to find what we are looking for and often discover other things along the way. Being able to explore is necessary for a productive and fulfilled life. Its also essential to the survival of mankind: the history of man is a history of exploration.

Developing students’ capability and capacity to explore is not simply a matter of developing the requisite knowledge and skills to explore in a particular domain. It also requires the building of confidence and attitudes, orientations and character like the willingness to take risks, to work with uncertainty and environments that are often disordered, to persist in the face of disappointment, and to try again if efforts fail to realise a goal. It also requires learners to harness their pragmatic imaginations to not only visualise a fuzzy goal but to imagine and turn into action the steps to achieving such a goal. To follow such a pathway without being sure of reward requires self-belief and trust in one’s own processes and practices. Learning environments that foster these imaginings and behaviours have become increasingly rarer as our higher education system has become more risk averse and where teaching efficiency and predictable outcomes are the most valued indicators of a quality education. Developing the explorative capacity of students is a challenge to educators and educational institutions all over the world, but it is something we have to do if we are to enable each new generation to solve the problems created by previous generations.

In this issue of Lifewide Magazine 18 contributors explore the idea of exploration sharing their experiences and perceptions of its meanings in diverse contexts and circumstances.

http://www.lifewideeducation.uk/magazine.html
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Wishing all members of the Lifewide Education Community a healthy, happy and fulfilling 2017. I look forward to the conversations we will have in 2017
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Hello, I very much enjoyed working on the magazine and reading all the articles. I feel like I have learned a lot.
I am currently writing a book chapter for Academics’ International Teaching Journeys: Personal Narratives of Transitions in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury. So working on this topic within the magazine gave me even more to reflect on. I started researching international academics experiences some time ago. I didn't feel I could share the insights as they came from a small sample within one university and pointed to several issues. I wanted to expand this research, got a partner from another university, started applying for funding but nobody wanted to fund this research, it wasn't seen as sth important. I was reading an article yesterday and it turns out that now, a few years down the line it is still an under-researched and contested area. And still the literature is dominated with the discourse of disadvanatage (challenges, barriers, difficulties in progression in career) and most writers point to the issues with having international academics in the UK HE although there are voices raising against this carrent and pointing to the benefits and advantages.

Having read all the aricles in this magazine it became obvious to me that yes, the beginnings are difficult and there are many challenges to overcome but many of migrants, and among them academics, have fairly successfuly settled (though we are yet again facing all the uncertainty due to Brexit). But I also think that the difficult transitions could be much more eased and if employers were mindful of it, they could reap the benefits of having workers from other cultural context perhaps earlier and to a greater extent?

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WELCOME TO THE 17th ISSUE OF LIFEWIDE MAGAZINE

Our hope is that readers will take the opportunity to share their own perspectives and practices and discuss issues raised by our magazines.

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WELCOME TO THE #LIFEWIDELEARNING DISCUSSION SPACE

Over the last 12 months I have come to realise the value of Google+ spaces for conversation, discussion and the exchange of ideas and sharing of resources and practices. My hope is that this space will provide a home for people who are interested in exploring the many dimensions of lifewide learning and personal development. PLEASE JOIN US AND HELP TURN THIS SPACE INTO A VIBRANT CONVERSATION.
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