This report by Sandra Boni and Paulina Terrazas introduces the methods and preliminary insights from research designed to trace ‘second-order learning’ effects stemming from the pandemic, understood as changes in beliefs, assumptions, points of view and behaviours relevant for transformation.
The project, Second-Order Learning in Response to Covid-19′, seeks to understand the role of learning in the arena of transitions and social change as a ‘steering mechanism’ or ‘transformative outcome’: gathering new knowledge, as well as questioning assumptions within the experiment.
Boni, A., Terrazas, P. (2020) Second-order learning from the Covid-19 pandemic: Preliminary insights. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/second-order-learning-from-the-covid-19-pandemic-preliminary-insights/
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‘It is unusual for policy and research professionals to engage, as part of their normal work day, in conversations about something that may be considered as a personal experience. This trait is explicitly studied by organisational experts (Argyris and Schon, 1996) as a key inhibitor of second-order learning. People tend to ‘suppress their own and others’ feelings’ and ’emphasize the intellectual and deemphasize the emotional aspects of problems’. Covid-19 has all the elements to be considered a dramatic crisis, a perfect disorienting dilemma, a challenging unexpected situation as by the literature. This shock has prompted us to share our habits of mind and points of view including perceptions, values, cognition, feelings and expectations as never before.’
– Sandra Boni and Paulina Terrazas