Who owns the learning?
Who owns your learning, more precisely? Your learning, as a process oriented towards whatever objective you currently have. Of course, the first intention of an answer would be “I do, of course”.
Still, if we give some moments of reflection we might find that the apparent simplicity of this question get us to the complexity of the answer. As our learning, even if we do not have a specific objective, is highly influenced in different ways and amplitudes by other factors. In their recent book “Creating a Learning Society – A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress” the authors J. E. STIGLITZ, and B. C. GREENWALD describe the “major determinants of learning: (1) learning capabilities; (2) access to knowledge; (3) the catalysts for learning; (4) creating a creative mindset—the right cognitive frames; (5) contacts—people with whom one interacts—which can catalyze learning, help create the right cognitive frame, and provide crucial inputs into the learning process; and (6) the context for learning.” (STIGLITZ, J. E., B. C. GREENWALD, Creating a Learning Society – A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, Columbia University Press, 2014).
If we take the main actors involved in the learning process
The educator (teacher, professor, trainer, facilitator, coach, manager, leader, mentor)
The group (class, team, organization)
we may find various levels of the learning process ownership, levels that are dynamic, moving with the velocity of change, which ultimately lead to a greater need for self-learning.