Are you confused by all the different theories of learning? Welcome to the ailments of the world of modernity. This is the subject of an interesting article: University Knowledge in an Age of Supercomplexity by Ronald Barnet. In this article he states:
The modern world is supercomplex in character: it can be understood as a milieu for the proliferation of frameworks by which we might understand the world, frameworks that are often competing with each other. In such an age of supercomplexity, the university has new knowledge functions: to add to supercomplexity by offering completely new frames of understanding (so compounding supercomplexity); to help us comprehend and make sense of the resulting knowledge mayhem; and to enable us to live purposefully amid supercomplexity.
In other words, the variety of perspectives (theories) creates supercomplexity. New perspectives (theories) are still needed, but instead of making things even worse by only adding to complexity, they should recognize supercomplexity and should be constructed in a way to help us make sense of and live purposely amid this complexity. Barnet calls it a therapeutic pedagogy offering:
(A) purposive equilibrium in the face of radical uncertainty and contestability. . . . It does so by allowing space for meanings to come from within the person.
A therapeutic pedagogy offers a chance of recovering the self. It looks back to that which was suppressed (by radical uncertainty) but also looks forward to new realizations of being.
So my question is;
does connectivism help us to make sense of all the different ideas on learning and education, or is it just another source of complexity and uncertainty?
Barnet does help by giving us a list of epistemological requirements for future frameworks.
An age of supercomplexity, accordingly, calls for nothing less from the university than an epistemology for uncertainty. It has, as we have seen, four elements:
The capacity for revolutionary reframing;
The capacity for critical interrogation of all claimants for knowledge and understanding;
The capacity for enabling individuals to feel at ease in an uncertain world
The capacity for developing powers of critical action.