The newest (and sixth) component of Hewlett’s Deeper Learning framework is “academic mindsets”, which is really a collection of four dimensions of learning that deal with the learner’s attitude towards learning. Of these four, the most interesting aspect from the perspective of P2PU is “sense of belonging to an intellectual community”. I’d like to start collecting thoughts, research, reflections on two questions:
- How can we foster the development of a sense of community in our courses?
- How can we measure/track this vague sense of belonging?
A third question that is maybe not for us to answer, but that we should keep an eye on is the relationship between “sense of belonging to an intellectual community” and success in traditional academic settings, work, or life - in other words, is there evidence that developing a stronger sense of belonging to a community through learning, leads to real benefits.