On individual learning projects and chance

“…accident or serendipity plays an important role in determining the direction that many learning projects take. Chance meetings, offhand comments, resources accidentally discovered or mentioned in conversation, and changing life circumstances all contribute to the form and extent or individual learning projects, and few if any of these features could be anticipated or predicted at the beginning. Linked to this is the nonlinear nature of such learning efforts, which often zigzag from one “organizing circumstance” to the next in an apparently random way…” (p.199)

Reference:

Candy, P. (1991). Self-direction for lifelong learning. San Francisco: Josey-Bass Inc.

1 comment
  1. That’s a very interesting quote. There is this tendency to hinder these “chance meetings”, because clearly they cannot be “controlled”. And yet that is the whole point: in any process of path creation chance happenings are the only ones that may function as triggers, stepping stones towards change.