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The Six Dimensions of Your Development

Researcher and Educator L. Dee Finkhas developed a 6-aspect taxonomy of teaching designed to maximise learning in the classroom. At Torque & Speed, this taxonomy is the framework within which much of our ideas are given life, as we feel that every experience is a learning opportunity – indeed, lifelong learning is a hallmark of those who continue to develop and grow their professions and their lives.

Reformed as questions, this framework takes on this look:

Values: What are you willing to do – and not willing to do – to get what you want? What gives your life purpose and meaning? How do you respect the people, things and ideas that appear in your life? What ideals do you strive to embody?

Knowledge: What do you know? Terms. concepts, principles; what is possible, probable, likely and unlikely in a given context; the trends and patterns of behaviour in people, institutions, systems and structures. How well do you know yourself?

Skills: What are you able to accomplish? What do you do well?

Relationships: How do you see and honour the people in your life? How do you establish, develop and maintain your relationships? What room do you allow for your relationships to have a natural cycle of birth, growth, maturity and death?

Your own learning: How do you learn? What habits enhance your intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth?

Integrating it all: How mindful are you in your daily life, and as you plan your short- and long-term goals, of your values, knowledge, skills, relationships and habits of learning?

These questions may seem too much or they may seem basic, but using them as a framework for managing your personal and professional development is a helpful tool for seeing, growing and reaching your full potential in this lifetime.

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Comment by John S. Oliver on March 28, 2017 at 2:39

Hazel THANKS for this reply and note that the last link in your reply does not work. 

Comment by Hazel Owen on February 3, 2017 at 14:02

Hi John. Unfortunately Ed passed away a couple of years back, but I have re-shared his post because it is still so very valid.

So, in Ed's place, I would like to first say - thanks for the responses and links to the infographics. I suspect Ed would have enjoyed the resources that you have shared, and been delighted that you found his post of interest.

As far as I could find, there is no white paper around L Dee Fink's work. However, I did locate the following, which I hope you will find useful :D

Source of image:

This slideshow, which has heaps of links to some useful resources:

And this blog post uses Fink's work to illustrate why...and what it might look like in action: Think Big, Think Brave.

Hope these help :) 

Comment by John S. Oliver on February 1, 2017 at 13:40

Note that I posted these comments in the order from the bottom to the top. 

What I really want is a white paper that goes just a little deeper into each of the items on this framework. More like a snap shot for dummies rather that a meaty professional journal article.

FYI I love the site White Paper Guy and I want to apply his guidelines to write white papers in the future. Here is an infographic that is the guts of his many lessons. 

Plus his FAQs are offered in an orderly way unlike many sites.

Comment by John S. Oliver on February 1, 2017 at 12:07

If not a PDF or infographic then this might serve well on Scribd or Medium to go even more viral than this lovely community.

Comment by John S. Oliver on February 1, 2017 at 12:03

Is there a simple summary in a 1 page PDF format that I could easily share with others that gives proper credit and links to more details?

Comment by John S. Oliver on February 1, 2017 at 12:01

This is hugely helpful. I wish I had encountered this simple summary many years ago. This message could help many when it is put into the format of an infograph. Here is an article about 10 free online services to create infographs

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