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In a recent (January 30th, 2012) New Yorker article on “Groupthink,” author Jonah Lehrer observes the following: The most creative spaces are those which hurl us together. It is the human friction that makes the sparks. Lehrer's statement, grounded in decades of research in social psychology, is that the most constructive form of collaboration is one in which a diverse group of people, i.e., those from different discipline areas and backgrounds, engage in “the vigorous exchange of clashing perspectives.” Educators who have participated in effective PLCs have learned that some degree of conflict between group members is not only healthy but, in many cases, necessary to move the group forward. However, when strongly-opinionated individuals are unwilling to even consider differing perspectives, progress is unlikely. Perhaps ...

Using Polarity Tools to Explore Initiatives and Opposing Experts
Using polarity tools to explore initiatives and opposing experts

It's hard to think of a major issue in education where the experts are all in agreement. Often, magazines and journals such as Educational Leadership and the Phi Delta Kappan choose a topic and invite educators who hold differing views to submit articles. Readers can often see the polarities and map the values and fears of the different authors.

However, we often read a book or article in isolation, and many authors are writing to explain and support their own positions. If they've identified a situation as a problem, they are probably prescribing a solution. If there's a polarity involved, those who value the other pole will most ...

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