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The development of a model for geodesic learning: The geodesic information processing model

Caroline M. Leaf, Brenda Louw, Isabel Uys
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 44, No 1 | a228 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v44i1.228 | © 2019 Caroline M. Leaf, Brenda Louw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1997

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Caroline M. Leaf, Department of Communication Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Brenda Louw, Department of Communication Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Isabel Uys, Department of Communication Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The current article suggests that alternatives to the current traditional learning methods are essentials if learning institutions are to provide people with effective life skills that enable them to be autonomous learners. This suggestion is based on a body of literature on alternative learning which stresses the need for fundamental change and hence, a paradigm shift in perception of learning in order to cope with the world-wide information explosion. The alternative non-traditional approach proposed in geodesic learning which stresses learning how to learn and self-directed inquiry as essential life skills which enable systems as well as the people in the systems to bring about their own transformation in response to changing situations and requirements. The current article discusses an alternative service delivery model, the geodesic information processing model, which falls within the realms of the geodesic philosophy. The implications of this alternative approach for the speech-language therapist are discussed.

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geodesic learning; mind mapping approach

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