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Educational Philosophy

Yearning Based Learning

You will personalize your experience with what we call Yearning-Based Learning—education that starts with you. At WGU, we believe that abstract subjects are best learned when we apply them to ourselves—when they become real experiences in our everyday lives. The thinkers you study will become friends who accompany you throughout your day, almost as if they were pointing out aspects of the human experience as they guide you through your everyday experiential landscape. We encourage you to independently explore beyond assignments in the subjects at hand—following your yearning on a deeply personal journey into knowing yourself and understanding others in a way that powerfully informs your coaching and leadership. You will be blending theory, method, and application; using what you learn in areas ranging from classic traditional studies to emerging research; and all the while using your inner yearning as your guide to a high-quality professional training and personal education at WGU.

In Latin, the word for education is educatio, which relates to educere—to draw out or lead. At WGU, what you do and read is aimed to draw out your fullest understanding, potential, and capability. WGU is a place to facilitate the emergence of your fullest potential. Your papers will help you understand others and yourself more fully so you can learn and grow with the people whom you serve. Your orientation program will introduce you to this exciting approach to learning. You can learn more about this exciting foundation from our co-founders’ book, Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living.

Practice What You Teach

Congruence is important to us at WGU. That means living what you teach. Every course you take gives you professional training as a coach and leader. Each course also provides life and professional enhancement education as you ground your coaching in real life experience. You will experience some of the skills you will be learning to deploy in your own coaching, leadership, and training as a scholar practitioner.

The four courses that make up the first year of our master’s degree program are grounded in the four areas of life that most impact our experience, outcomes, and satisfaction in life. These courses require performative learning co-requisites that are structured to maximize your practice and the application of what you are learning and aspiring to teach. In these co-requisites, you will be part of a leadership group and receive individual coaching in a curriculum that is designed with the same training methodology you will be learning in your graduate program.

For example, AC12, Foundations of Human Development and Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Coaching, has the non-credit co-requisite performative learning component entitled Nourishment and Self Care. In AC12 itself you will be learning what current research is revealing as well as what man has thought about human development and emotions for millennia. In AC12’s co-requisite performative learning component, you will practice specific emotional intelligence skills and also apply yourself to the project of consciously engaging in your own development in order to ultimately foster transformation in yourself and those you serve as a coach and leader.

Wright Performative Learning

Wright Performative Learning is leadership and learning at its most essential and powerful. It is about moving beyond that which you already know, becoming something different through your learning, creating a previously unforeseen future, and choosing to step into your next best self. Wright Performative Learning synthesizes the theories and thinking of the foremost philosophers, psychologists, and cutting-edge systems, learning, and educational theorists. The synthesis of the foundational theories of Wright Performative Learning creates an exciting level of synergy by drawing on the revolutionary educational theories of Lev Vygotsky on performance and learning; by living his constant process of both being and becoming through performing that which one does not yet know how to do; by expanding the vision of possibilities and development through More Knowledgeable Others (MKOs); and by fulfilling Vygotsky’s vision of transformational education that transforms the students, MKOs, faculty, coaches, the curriculum, WGU, and the greater world.

Wright Performative Learning trains you to recognize your innate leadership and your potential to create your life and contribute to others. Our programs allow you to create opportunities for learning through service to others in your applied learning. Through these applications, in addition to learning new skills, you are able to assess your current influence on the world; uncover unconscious, limited, or hidden beliefs; and understand the larger workings of the systems of which you are a part.

How Wright Performative Learning Works: You Are Your Own Living Experiment

Wright Performative Learning is an extension of practicing what you teach; you apply what you read about in your own life. When in class, you digest what is being taught with a paired sharing technology and other accelerated learning techniques. With the Assignment Way of Living you apply what you are learning as constant experiments in your life, joined in your learning laboratory by other personal researchers as you work on your social emotional intelligence and other life skills. You engage in personal coaching so you can learn, grow, and understand from the consumer point of view what coaching is. You report weekly on your findings in a lab or growth group of fellow travelers on the journey to fulfilling your potential. Each quarter you examine what you learned and how you grew, and you cite research and thinkers who address and explain your progress.

Overview of the Learning Experienceas a Scholar Practitioner

As a scholar practitioner, you apply your learning to your own life, as well as in your transformational coaching and leadership. This adds significant depth as you serve others and is foundational to practicing what you teach. Through your coursework, papers, applied projects, and performative learning, you learn and apply powerful and proven approaches to understanding and facilitating human development and transformation as a coach and a leader:

  • You learn the Wright Integrative approach to human development, blending the best of past and present human emergence technologies, synthesizing the six core disciplines (developmental, Adlerian and humanistic psychology and human potential methodologies, existential philosophy, educational theory and methods and neuroscience and other related research), and applying the approach to your leadership and coaching.
  • You learn to practice, lead, and coach the Wright Performative approach to experimental learning and living.
  • You learn to apply the Wright Developmental Model to analyze developmental levels and apply appropriate interventions in yourself and those you coach and lead.
  • Through the program, you develop a wide range of skills using the methodology of Wright Emergence Coaching to be an effective coach as you facilitate the transformational process of those you lead and coach.
  • Woven throughout your program you will be learning skills in the four areas of Wright Transformational Leadership—Teaming, Influencing, Managing, and Empowering (TIME). Your academic knowledge and comprehension as well as your integrative and synthetic thinking deepen as you discover how Wright Integrative brings about a powerful synthesis of its six core disciplines that enhances your knowledge, comprehension, skill, and application for becoming an effective coach and leader. You integrate the various perspectives into your understanding and application of Wright Integrative Approach and Wright Developmental Model

By receiving and responding to feedback (whether formal assessment and measurement or informal feedback), you evaluate the effectiveness of your coaching and leadership as well as your writing and presentation skills and you implement appropriate changes. As you design and apply your own research, you’ll participate more effectively as a member of the learning community. Not only do you apply your academic study to your coaching and leadership, but also to your daily living and personal relationships. You explore the domain of your personal potential, seek to maximize the development of your potential, and apply what you learn in experience and what you learn academically in your daily life, and record and report on related progress you make.

Program Learning and Development Methodologies

As a WGU graduate, you will be a scholar practitioner, someone who studies what you do and applies what you study at work and elsewhere in your life. Scholar practitioners are constantly learning—and using what they learn to do what they do better. As a coach, you will be tracking emerging research and continuing your study of classic approaches to challenges human beings have faced throughout history. You will become a student of the human condition as you learn to help people deal with the challenges and opportunities of life.

Throughout your graduate training you will study and apply these powerful learning and development methodologies for successful living, leadership, coaching: Wright Integrative, Transformational Emergence Coaching, Evolating, and Transformational Leadership Training. 

Wright Integrative, a Transdisciplinary Approach

Every course you take has three elements: an overview of the field, an applied project, and a performative report. You not only learn with each course, but you also grow. You acquire professional skills as well as develop personally. The overview of the field includes all six core disciplines of the Wright Integrative approach to help you relate diverse fields in your pursuit of a great career and life. Wright Integrative’s conceptual framework includes the fields of study you see in the diagram below. These six disciplines provide a firm foundation for you to continue to develop professionally and personally throughout the program as well as the rest of your life.

In the applied project you apply what you have been learning. It may be through your coaching, leadership, team building, or even developing a seminar and teaching others what you have learned. Many students design and deliver a training experience on some aspect of their studies that had an impact on them.
 
The third element, the performative piece, is where you track and report your own growth weekly and in summary at the end of each quarter. You identify the theories and methodologies that have guided you in your development. You explain how these influenced and facilitated your development in career, relationship, and even self-esteem.
The entire master’s degree is completed with a career-related master’s capstone project. You may choose a coaching relationship or a leadership project to report on and analyze what you have learned as a scholar practitioner while integrating the academic research. This exciting aspect of your education allows you to demonstrate the skills you
have learned and apply them to a subject that has meaning for you.
 




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