DOCUMENT by: Christopher Rounds
Subject: Creating a Supportive Learning Network
Creating a Supportive Learning Network
by Christopher Rounds
Who are the important "players" in your learning environment? (consider spouse, children, parents, siblings, friends, employer, and co-workers, among others)
Do you have critics among those players? Why, do you think, are your critics hostile to the prospect of your continuing your education?
Can you think of strategies you might employ to "win over" some of those who seem skeptical or critical of your plans to complete a college degree?
If there are people whose hostility you can’t overcome, how can you protect yourself from their influence?
Are there people in your community whom you don’t necessarily know well but who might prove to be supportive? Your list might include other adults returning to school, alumni of the college interested in helping current students, people at work who have strongly supported the concept of continuous learning, religious and community leaders, previous teachers with whom you have lost touch, etc.
In general terms, how supportive do you think your learning network is?
What can be done to improve and expand it?