In Search of an Integral Learning Paradigm
The program announced for the Spring Semester 2009 is as follows:
Toward an Integral Learning Paradigm: The Psychology of Social Development
Since Sri Aurobindo wrote the book originally titled The Psychology of Social Development (The Human Cycle), the field of developmental psychology, and related disciplines in anthropology and sociology, have pursued an understanding of human beings and societies based on patterns of development from the archaic and magical to the mythical and rational structures of thought and behavior in Gebserian terms. Important references include authors such as Howard Gardner, Ken Wilber, Abraham Maslow, Jean Gebser, and the recent field of Spiral Dynamics.
In this course we will explore Aurovilles development in such developmental terms, with reference to six primary areas of the integral paradigm: social, linguistic, architectural and artistic, philosophical, psychological, and ecological/economical. Anyone interested in participating in such an exploration, either making presentations or participating in the follow up discussions, is invited to attend.
Saturday mornings, Jan 17- Apr 4, 9:30 12:00.
The discussion of the planning meeting of Jan.10 produced the following outline for further develeopment during the next sessions:
I. How to be together in a seminar?
a. rules - behaviors
b. no rules - behaviors
II. How to communicate through or toward an integral frequency?
a. movement, art, music, psychological practice, gardening, architecture, etc.
b. recognising universal values
1. developmental stages (individual and collective)
2. truth, good, beauty, power, freedom, harmony, perseveramce, etc.
c. creating forms of expression
III. How to make the experience a living reality?
On the basis of the projected content of the seminars, especially the focus on the Psychologicay of Social Development by Sri Aurobindo, the application of developmental psychology to understanding and furthering Auroville's development, and the questiuons formulated by the planning meeting, it should be realized that participation in this seminar requires and presupposes a frame of mind that is primarily interested in these ideas and issues, able to put aside personal preoccupations, and committed to achieving an understanding of the potentials of integral learning to further auroville's development. This would therefore primarily be a series of seminars for Aurovilians and not for those primarilyinterested in furthering their own agendas. Visitors would therefore be expected to be observers unless they have demonstrated a commitment to a longer term process. These assumptions areof course open to discussion at the next meeting.