Explore the System & Identify Leveragepoints

November 12th, our second Trivsel Lab workshop took place. We called it SESSION 1.2 - FINDING THE LEVERAGE POINT.

The first participants entered the virtual space with a tiny bit of hesitation yet with big smiles. It was 9 days since they were in the first workshop together. They were ready to go. To honor the relations they just started creating during the last workshop, to re-connect and to hear everyone’s voice, we started off with a check-in: “If you were to be some sort of food, what kind would you be?”. A participant laughed. One looked a bit scared. After some time the participants gave in. “I would definitely be a Swedish taco.”, “A strong cheese.”, “A banana. Healthy, nutritious and easy to eat when being on the run.” The scene was set, our participants had loosen up and were ready to dive into the topic of wellbeing of students in relationship to studying at EAAA.

The Top of the Iceberg Our two facilitators gently recapped what had happened last time. We had been working with the iceberg model.

The top of the iceberg represented the events happening at EAAA. What specific events, situations or experiences had our participants seen happening? “There is less social gatherings now”, "Students often sit alone with their laptops in the library.", "The students are eating lunch together". After investigating the top of the iceberg, we were led into the first underlying layer of the iceberg, now looking at trends. What trends and patterns are causing these events? "Some are only there to learn", "Some students feel lonely", and "The environment at the academy is very hygge". Connecting the events with the trends gave us a more in depth idea of the culture at EAAA. However, it was difficult to figure out what trend caused that event.

Are the students sitting alone in the library because they are only there to learn, or because they feel lonely? It was clear that the system of education, and in particular EAAA, is complex. The more you go in depth, the more questions arise. Finally we were asked to look at the deepest layer in the iceberg model - representing mindsets. What mindsets are manifested at EAAA? It soon became clear to me that there is especially one mindset that is very rooted in the students at EAAA: They value the product over the process. Being a part of an educational system with grades and exams forces them to focus on the outcome rather than how the work is done. Is this how a performance culture is born? A participant who is also a student at EAA stated that he experienced his co- students as “being afraid of failure, for what reason they spend a lot of time on planning the future.” I’m wondering if the students are ever asked what they are dreaming of?

Let’s bring matters to a head. If the culture at EAAA is performative and not allowing failure and both students and teachers at EAAA want to change this, is it then their mindsets that need change? Or is it the educational system?

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