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Learner Reflections on TL501: Modes of Inquiry

What is the TL501: Modes of Inquiry course

Course Description:

We know in our heads, our hearts, our bellies, our dreams; through emotions and ideas and insights and intuitions and premonitions and visions and body sensations. With each of these aspects of our being, we inquire, both consciously and unconsciously. Epistemology is the investigation of knowing how we know. When we explore how we know, we stand in metaposition to our own knowing, that is, as a witness to our knowing. This witness stance offers a location of consciousness from which we can observe both ourselves and the world more accurately and more fully – GIFTLearning Handbook

In this course, learners explore four modes of inquiry through which we know:

  1. The evolution of human consciousness as a species and its relationship to the evolution of the consciousness of each human from birth to adulthood
  2. The qualities and dynamics of story as an epistemological vehicle
  3. The four-quadrant model of knowledge developed by Ken Wilber: including the Individual Interior, the Collective Interior, the Individual Exterior, and the Collective Exterior.
  4. The heart as a vehicle for knowing.

Student testimonial

“This course introduced me to some very powerful tools, which have allowed me to reflect on my life in the context of the society I live in. The instructor is a talented storyteller who skillfully uses stories from his own experience to make connections with both the course material and his students.”

“The course’s assignments were open-ended and always invited and encouraged innovation of both form and content. The open parameters of the assignments allowed us to engage with each assignment in a unique way and on a much deeper level than what I’d become accustomed to in my university career.”

“Feedback on the assignments was not only prompt, it was thoughtful, warm, encouraging and considered the assignments on both an intellectual and spiritual level.”

“The obvious integrity that the instructor brought to this course inspired me to let go of my some of own skepticism and prejudices and really engage with both the material and my colleagues and made me want to ‘up my game.'”

“This course has been very meaningful for me as it has already precipitated improvement in both my professional and personal life. The instructor’s educational philosophy of accompanying the learner on our journey was inspirational! I really felt his heart and warmth in every comment he made. His gentle way of pushing back against my writing or comments was non-judgmental and very conducive to further reflection, which of course is the key to being an effective learner.”

“I felt great enthusiasm for Integral Theory and the Evolution of Consciousness. I allowed myself to be electrified by this content and how it ‘mashed up’ with my life song.”

“In this course I felt resistance well up inside me many times from something I had read or heard that challenged my existing views. Frequently I shifted into the witness position and observed my own curious wondering. Being right, I noticed, was not as important as the happiness that guided my inquiry. How liberating! This was a glorious time for me.”

“Describing my life in mythic terms was an enjoyable and insightful exercise in this course, which got me considering how the lens through which I view my past colors the story I create about my life in the present, as well as the future I live into.”

“My most meaningful experiences in this course came when I deepened my understanding of the conflicts in my own life. Viewing the modes of inquiry we examined through the lens of personal experience has really allowed me to adopt and integrate a deeper understanding of the modes—and of my own life story.”

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View all courses in the GIFTLearning Handbook. This course and those in our handbook are available for both our Master’s program and the Transformative Learning Communities Practitioner Certificate program (an accelerated version of the Master’s program). Where learning meets the heart.