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Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom-understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate-and show why these competencies are needed to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction and growing interconnectedness. The book also offers examples of Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom-understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate-and show why these competencies are needed to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction and growing interconnectedness. The book also offers examples of model educational programs that include these competencies in their curriculum, and shares best practices for introducing them in schools.


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Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom-understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate-and show why these competencies are needed to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction and growing interconnectedness. The book also offers examples of Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom-understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate-and show why these competencies are needed to help students navigate a fast-paced world of increasing distraction and growing interconnectedness. The book also offers examples of model educational programs that include these competencies in their curriculum, and shares best practices for introducing them in schools.

30 review for The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philippe

    Today’s changes in our planetary systems elude us. They are either too big or too slow for us human beings to really grasp. Meanwhile kids grow up in a world of unprecedented technological, social and ecological change. How can these young citizens, consumers and future decision makers be helped to navigate this complex world? How kan today’s children be helped to develop into happier, calmer and more mature students, succeeding in their lives and contributing to vital societal changes? That is Today’s changes in our planetary systems elude us. They are either too big or too slow for us human beings to really grasp. Meanwhile kids grow up in a world of unprecedented technological, social and ecological change. How can these young citizens, consumers and future decision makers be helped to navigate this complex world? How kan today’s children be helped to develop into happier, calmer and more mature students, succeeding in their lives and contributing to vital societal changes? That is the question put forward in this mini-book. Goleman and Senge argue that the response lies in developing three crucial skill sets: focusing on ourselves (self awareness), tuning into other people (empathy and caring), and understanding the larger world (systems thinking). This is the triple focus: inner, other and outer. Evidence tells us that these skills work in sync: stimulating one will also develop the others. Together they are a powerful predictor of academic success and personal wellbeing. In embracing these skill sets as the foundation of their guiding mission education systems and cultures will have to evolve. But there is considerable experience to build on. Over the last two decades innovative tools and pedagogical strategies have been pioneered by 1 to 5% of American schools. But they need to be extended and scaled up, in order to attain critical mass. Implementation of such a change project is itself a systems challenge. The Triple Focus is a mini-book that can be easily read in a single sitting. Neither a manual nor a scientific treatise it’s more of a ‚white paper’ or a manifesto, that brings forward an argument in broad brush strokes with the aim to stimulate reflection and debate. It seems to me that the point made by these authors is timely and relevant. My only concern is that the systems thinking perspective is constrained by Peter Senge’s ‚system dynamics’ background. Hence it is too focused on understanding causal relationships, time delays and unintended consequences. The systems discipline beyond that and notably the soft and critical approaches - in their focus on clarifying our ‚boundary judgments’ in confronting complex challenges - *presuppose* the kind of self awareness and empathy that the authors advocate. Hence the relationship between the three skill sets is not appropriately visualized as three partially overlapping circles (as on the cover of this book). These skill sets are not distinct from one another but they are three facets of one and the same ethos. In that sense the argument suffers somewhat from the analytic bias embedded in standard school curricula.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This book would clearly resonate more with a teacher than it did with the father of a teacher. My notes: triple-focus • inner - focusing on ourselves • other - tuning in to other people • out - understanding the larger world social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, social skill, good decision-making The specific capacity for keeping your attention where you want it is termed cognitive control. There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain c This book would clearly resonate more with a teacher than it did with the father of a teacher. My notes: triple-focus • inner - focusing on ourselves • other - tuning in to other people • out - understanding the larger world social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, social skill, good decision-making The specific capacity for keeping your attention where you want it is termed cognitive control. There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits. • The first is cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it, and understanding their perspectives and mental models. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best understand. • The second is emotional empathy: a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels—sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows “chemistry” in our connections with people. • The third is called, technically, empathic concern—which naturally leads to empathic action—like the Good Samaritan, the person who tunes in and who stops to help. Yet some of the problems that kids are starting to have—and that may become worse in the future—are because kids spend too much time relating to screens and not to people. “Habits of a Systems Thinker” • Recognizes the impact of time delays when exploring cause and effect relationships. • Finds where unintended consequences emerge. • Changes perspectives to increase understanding • Identifies the circular nature of complex cause and effect relationships • Recognizes that a system’s structure generates its behavior) • Uses understanding of system structure to identify higher-leverage action) • Surfaces and tests assumptions • Checks results and changes actions if needed: successive approximation • Seeks to understand the big picture

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan O'Connor

    I received this book to review. I've been a fan of the authors' writing since Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ for Goleman and The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization for Senge. When I found out the two had collaborated on The Triple Focus, I had to see how they had applied their expertise to how we educate children. The Triple Focus adds to the conversation with contemporary education reformists like Ken Robinsonand Karl Weber. The premise of I received this book to review. I've been a fan of the authors' writing since Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ for Goleman and The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization for Senge. When I found out the two had collaborated on The Triple Focus, I had to see how they had applied their expertise to how we educate children. The Triple Focus adds to the conversation with contemporary education reformists like Ken Robinsonand Karl Weber. The premise of this reform is that the current education system is based on a model which prepares students for a future working in a factory and does a poor job of developing the ability to solve novel and non-linear problems. The Triple Focus sets out describing three competencies educators should add to their curriculum; self-awareness, empathy, and systems thinking. These concepts are described in broad, shallow strokes and tend to drift towards abstraction despite the use of supporting case studies. The authors' previous books discuss the individual concepts in better detail. If this book is your first book by either of these authors, I suggest reading the books listed earlier to get a more comprehensive understanding of the concepts The Triple Focus references. The book description promises a series of best practices in implementing the three competencies in schools. While the authors recognize the challenges innovators in education face in the book, a discussion on best practices seems to be a little too abstract to be practical. Without a doubt, the challenges of changing a culture need to be addressed before successfully integrating a new pedagogy. The topic of organizational change management may be too complex to solve with one chapter of the book. Overall, the authors make a compelling case for teaching students about self-awareness, empathy, and systems thinking. I think they either need to include more of their previous work into this book to let it stand alone as a body of knowledge for education reform or reduce it to a journal article or two referencing more pragmatic sources for implementing the concept of the triple focus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Arash Amani

    نویسندگان سعی دارند تا در وهله اول بچه ها خودشان را بشناسند و در مورد احساس و عواطفشان صحبت کنند و والدین و معلمین در این امر به بچه ها کمک کنند کاری که هم نسلی های من باید برای بچه های خودشان انجام دهند. با این کتاب فقط نیاز نیست تا به فکر بچه ها باشید به خودتان بیاندیشید و اگر در جایی کار میکنید سعی کنید با مشارکت دیگران به همیاری در کارها نقطه نظرات آن را هم بشنوید تا همگی در آبادان کردن محیط خودشان کمک کنند. کار سختی است به نظرم که الان خودم درگیرش هستم که چگونه تفکر سیستمی را برای همکاران ش نویسندگان سعی دارند تا در وهله اول بچه ها خودشان را بشناسند و در مورد احساس و عواطفشان صحبت کنند و والدین و معلمین در این امر به بچه ها کمک کنند کاری که هم نسلی های من باید برای بچه های خودشان انجام دهند. با این کتاب فقط نیاز نیست تا به فکر بچه ها باشید به خودتان بیاندیشید و اگر در جایی کار میکنید سعی کنید با مشارکت دیگران به همیاری در کارها نقطه نظرات آن را هم بشنوید تا همگی در آبادان کردن محیط خودشان کمک کنند. کار سختی است به نظرم که الان خودم درگیرش هستم که چگونه تفکر سیستمی را برای همکاران شرح دهم یا اینکه چگونه این تغییر را ایجاد کنم. از بچگی این بیت سعدی را دوست داشتم و برای جذاب "تو نیکی میکن و در دجله انداز / که ایزد در بیابانت دهد باز" و امروز بعد از خواندن این کتاب فهمیدم که سعدی دارای تفکر سیستمی بوده است. هر چند ضرب المثل "از هر دست بدی از همون دست هم میگیری" ریشه در جزء از کل دارد چیزی که انشتین بعدها گفت ولی مردمان شرق و خاورمیانه قرنها به ان عمل میکردند بدون آنکه تعرفی از آن ارائه بدهند (حداقل با توجه به دانستهای من) یا اینکه هرکی کار خیرت رو نبینه خدا که میبینه و اینگونه به همدیگر هم توجه میکردند.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I was intrigued by the small size of this book (only 92 pages). Too often, I feel, books are made unnecessarily longer by adding a lot of 'fluff' that does not add to the message of the book, prioritizing quantity over quality. That being said, this book did feel like it needed to be (or at the very least could have been) longer. The subject matter is fascinating and the authors managed to combine some conceptual ideas with anecdotal evidence in a very seamless manner. But it also left me wantin I was intrigued by the small size of this book (only 92 pages). Too often, I feel, books are made unnecessarily longer by adding a lot of 'fluff' that does not add to the message of the book, prioritizing quantity over quality. That being said, this book did feel like it needed to be (or at the very least could have been) longer. The subject matter is fascinating and the authors managed to combine some conceptual ideas with anecdotal evidence in a very seamless manner. But it also left me wanting more. Given my prior knowledge about the subject, I did not feel as if I had learnt a lot. In conclusion, I feel like it was a missed opportunity to give more than a cursory introduction to a very interesting topic...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    It's a kind of book that is "energizing" to know that there are great people working on radical improvement for more complete human learning to effectively unleash the innate human intelligence. It applies to human of all ages but it starts from the realization of more and more adults so that we can set the right stage for the next generation to learn more effectively. The results of this shift in learning will surely have profound impact of human evolution to become a more peaceful, compassiona It's a kind of book that is "energizing" to know that there are great people working on radical improvement for more complete human learning to effectively unleash the innate human intelligence. It applies to human of all ages but it starts from the realization of more and more adults so that we can set the right stage for the next generation to learn more effectively. The results of this shift in learning will surely have profound impact of human evolution to become a more peaceful, compassionate and ultimately a better world for living!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rodolfo Hernández

    Libro de divulgación, me quedé con la impresión de ser un libro para dar un resumen de los libros de Daniel Goleman (Inteligencia Emocional, Focus) y el de Peter Senge (La quinta disciplina). Es una buena opción para aquellos que quieran conocer superficialmente los temas de: inteligencia emocional, la autoconciencia; la empatía, la comprensión del mundo desde su enfoque sistémico. Los tres enfoques propuesto por los autores van son: el enfoque íntimo y personal; la sintonización con otras person Libro de divulgación, me quedé con la impresión de ser un libro para dar un resumen de los libros de Daniel Goleman (Inteligencia Emocional, Focus) y el de Peter Senge (La quinta disciplina). Es una buena opción para aquellos que quieran conocer superficialmente los temas de: inteligencia emocional, la autoconciencia; la empatía, la comprensión del mundo desde su enfoque sistémico. Los tres enfoques propuesto por los autores van son: el enfoque íntimo y personal; la sintonización con otras personas o empatía con la cual somos capaces de comprender la realidad de los demás y el tercer enfoque la comprensión del mundo en su sentido más amplio; el modo como los sistemas interaccionan y crean redes de interdependencia. Conviene su lectura sólo para aquellos que tienen interés en profundizar en su pensamiento. No es nada atractivo para aquellos que ya leyeron tanto Inteligencia Emocional, Focus y Liderazgo de Daniel Goleman como La Quinta Disciplina de Peter Senge.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ana Helena

    O livro apresenta uma proposta para encarar o ensino básico com base em três aspectos enfáticos (pensamento sistêmico combinado com a educação emocional, que tem por base cada indivíduo e sua relação com o outro). Uma leitura leve mas que deixa muitas perguntas em aberto.

  9. 5 out of 5

    YOFRE CORTES

    La utilidad de los conceptos Los conceptos sin práctica son ideas que se quedan en la mente. Utilicé varios aspectos de este texto para darle forma a mi proyecto de investigación “mi territorio un laboratorio de convivencia”.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    Muy interesante libro, la psicología clínica y la social van muy de la mano. Es un libro pequeño que en una tarde se puede leer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Are you a rogue educator? Would you like to see change come to traditional education? Read it. You’ll fall in love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Milagros Gonzales Gamarra

    2.5 ☆ Una lectura al inicio atrapante, lastima que no se mantuvo así.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Molina

    I think this book is good but is for people that work with other people in an academic matter

  14. 5 out of 5

    Farhang Fassihi

    Fantastic coalition between psychology & systems theory. An appriach that will boost education in near future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Createpei

    Interesting book in the form of an essay in five parts. I felt that the authors spoke as though the reader understood the concept of systems based intelligence - a bit more information (like definitions) could have aided in the comprehension of the topic. I found Peter Senge's section the hardest to understand because of the lack of definitions. The only challenge I would raise with Daniel Goleman is of his suggestion to move much of the academic subjects to online learning so that there would be Interesting book in the form of an essay in five parts. I felt that the authors spoke as though the reader understood the concept of systems based intelligence - a bit more information (like definitions) could have aided in the comprehension of the topic. I found Peter Senge's section the hardest to understand because of the lack of definitions. The only challenge I would raise with Daniel Goleman is of his suggestion to move much of the academic subjects to online learning so that there would be additional time allowed for the SEL framework they are proposing. I would have thought that the systematic approach would have been rather to incorporate the SEL into the everyday learning with potential for a start of day and end of day discussion - to move SEL into the system so to speak and to use it as the framework to bind the subjects together.

  16. 5 out of 5

    jc

    Goleman and Senge offer an encouraging look at the blending of emotional intelligence and systems thinking and how that blending might influence the work we do with children in schools. The combination of self-awareness, empathy and systems thinking offer our students the opportunity to truly interact with today's world in important and effective ways. I'm hoping to use their ideas to inform the rebuilding of our Middle School's advisory program. Goleman and Senge offer an encouraging look at the blending of emotional intelligence and systems thinking and how that blending might influence the work we do with children in schools. The combination of self-awareness, empathy and systems thinking offer our students the opportunity to truly interact with today's world in important and effective ways. I'm hoping to use their ideas to inform the rebuilding of our Middle School's advisory program.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Winaker

    The concepts here are important. Each gets some attention, though it feels like much more could be said about how to educate students around these foci. Inner, other, outer . . . okay. Goleman's first two sections are tantalizing, Senge's third is a bit weaker (not in concept, just in presentation). Taken as a whole, this book is a great conversation starter. The concepts here are important. Each gets some attention, though it feels like much more could be said about how to educate students around these foci. Inner, other, outer . . . okay. Goleman's first two sections are tantalizing, Senge's third is a bit weaker (not in concept, just in presentation). Taken as a whole, this book is a great conversation starter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Healy

    This short read presents some nice bullet points on a systems-based approach to teaching/learning. It will take reading a number of other texts to get the "how to" steps and instruction with which to proceed forward in this approach. A nice introduction to the topic. This short read presents some nice bullet points on a systems-based approach to teaching/learning. It will take reading a number of other texts to get the "how to" steps and instruction with which to proceed forward in this approach. A nice introduction to the topic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    A sweet and important look at rethinking schools and education. The authors emphasize Social Emotional learning for self, others and the world. Very inspiring.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christian Hermansen

    Great short book. Makes you think about how to make this knowledge more available, applied to more schools. Makes me want to make sure my son gets SEL + systems education.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tashi Lhamo

    Read it but might have to reread, more homereading, and writing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Cataño

    Interesting about tree perspectives. I also have read books from this writers. But this is special because they joined different "topics". Interesting about tree perspectives. I also have read books from this writers. But this is special because they joined different "topics".

  23. 4 out of 5

    Álvaro Dezidério da Luz

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aggeliki Nakou

  25. 5 out of 5

    Valery Ochoa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steve Earl

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Fletcher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dario Ferrando

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alberto Ibáñez

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Kuehn

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