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Perspective Seeking/Multiple Perspectives

Overview

Perspective seeking is different from perspective taking as it involves communication with the purpose of gaining insight into the nuances of alternate views. Perspective seeking is key to developing a Learner Mindset and essential in the digital world where algorithms are easily trained to provide information that confirms a person's views rather than providing alternative perspectives. Understanding that different individuals may experience and view the same event differently is a higher level cognitive skill that develops in adolescence and throughout adulthood. When adult learners navigate varying perspectives, they deepen their understanding of events and the concepts involved. This can strengthen Foundational Reading Skills and support learning for those whose Primary Language is not English.

Use It In Your Learning Environment

Instructors can promote perspective seeking by building in discussions across regions, experiences, and backgrounds and helping learners utilize open-ended questions. It is important to be mindful of promoting authentic conversation that is supportive of the learner's Background Knowledge. To support Digital Literacy, it is important for adults to have tools to help identify misinformation and disinformation while actively seeking information across sources and viewpoints. Instructors can guide discussions to promote deeper thinking and critical analysis.

Digital tools that promote discussion and immediate feedback can be useful in supporting learners as they seek multiple perspectives. Commenting capabilities allow other learners to pose opposing or alternate viewpoints for discussion. Digital tools can also provide nudges and reminders to seek multiple perspectives in online searches and social media to ensure their feeds do not create echo chambers.