Of the three elements Gill identifies in learning--knowing, knower, and known*--which most forms the other two?
From a half-scan of this book, Gill holds that knowing most forms the knower and the known. At this very early stage in my reading, I am in tentative agreement. Given an understanding of knowledge as relational and our ecclesial connections as the penultimate source of growth, I understand relational knowing to be the process by which we become mature as individuals and as community. Our identity as follower-learners (disciples) of Jesus entails the necessary process of knowing, for he called us to follow and trust him rather than merely to take in a set of propositions. We become who we are by knowing him and his people.
Some questions remain.
- According to Gill, how and to what extent does knowing change stable truth (assuming he hold to the notion of stable truth)?
- According to Gill, what effect does knowing have on the nature of knowers?
- Assuming the primacy of the process of knowing, what priorities should be established in our spiritual formation?
Tag(s): philosophy of education epistemology learning theory