Ecosystemic understanding of education
The study of ecosystems displays the importance of certain vital principles that guide how diversity is managed in complex and highly interrelated environments. In the same way that in a forest are multiple sources of nutrients, protection or communication, when education is understood like an ecosystem it mostly aims to identify which are the main agents involved in formal and informal learning processes and focuses more on relationships than on subjects.
The educational process transcends the physical limits of the center and extends to its relationship environments with the intention of stimulating agents to take an active role in education. Cooperation, symbiosis, diversity, resilience, reciprocity, dynamic balance, adaptation and sustainable use of time and resources are some of the concepts that are incorporated into the great strategic lines of educational projects.
Although collaborative learning is considered one of the preferred formulas in today’s educational models, there’s still a certain inertia to understand learning as an individual process, descending from a Darwinian vision of evolution in which competition is placed on top.
The survival of many species, particularly those that act under “swarm intelligence” models, are based on complex communication and learning systems that allow them to react and adapt to changes in the environment.
Inspired by these, Sangaku Education has developed a learning methodology that is based on the collaborative capacity of students that are granted freedom to the extent of generating their own exercises and even to evaluate each other. This model uses an online platform to facilitate communication and to monitor and analyze its progress.