How would I describe the culture of a self-directed schooling environment?
When I think about “culture”, I often imagine the sound of traditional celebrations, aromatic cuisines, a variety of clothing in color and design, and other kinds of sensory elements that I’d be able to describe to someone. But when I really think about what culture is, at its core, I realize it's not always the things I see, things I hear, things I taste; it's more about the kinds of relationships and different expectations, and the different habits of behaviors, the different ways groups and populations make decisions, and how those groups of populations might collect and distribute shared resources. These kinds of ideas about “culture” lay underneath our sensory observations and can often be unseen and unheard.
I’ve adapted seven elements which describe the culture of a large population as effectively as they describe the culture of an organization, a school or a classroom. It’s with these seven elements that I'm able to address the question of culture in a self-directed schooling environment.
Seven Elements of Culture: Philosophy, Government, Structural Relationships, Resources, Norms & Traditions, Language, and Arts & Literature.
Note: these elements of culture represent the outer layer of a model I'm developing which explores who we are and how we learn including four inner layers: Values, Competencies, Attributes, and Traits.
ELEMENT OF CULTURE: PHILOSOPHY