In the case of the learners in my PIDP program, it seems like many are parents or grandparents. as I was rocking the baby to sleep (wishing she'd hurry up so I could get back to my project!), I had my brain wave moment.
I remember someone saying to me:
"I was such a better parent before I actually was a parent"
Wittrock said the premise of the Generative Model of Learning is that "people tend to generate perceptions and meanings that are consistent with their prior learning" (Wittrock, 1974). However Generative Learning occurs when there is a cognitive process which takes our prior learning, and combines it with current information or stimuli to create new ideas or knowledge... trust me, in parenthood this is happening constantly!
All the thoughts I had on how I would put my child to sleep, or keep them from ever watching TV, and being polite little humans by the time they were three, well let's just say I didn't account for all the realities of life that you are juggling at the same time, including their personalities and developmental abilities at any given age.
Parenting for me is a constant Generative Learning experience, and I love almost every minute of it.
So now to actually figure out how I am going to use this information to introduce my PIDP project...