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Collaborative problem solving for community safety
Collaborative problem solving for community safety

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1 Learning and experience

The skills and habits of learning are essential to collaboration and problem solving, which are key factors in community safety.

Much of the learning we do as adults happens through actively seeking to learn something, because we either want to, or have to. At other times, we learn without realising it, and we may have little control over what happens.

As well as introducing you to some useful information and ideas, this course will help you recognise the value of your own experiences and everyday learning in dealing with problems of community safety.

Activity 1 Set up a learning journal

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes for this activity.

While studying a course, it is good practice to keep notes and to have these in a fairly ordered way. So why not start now, keeping them in a digital or a paper file? This kind of record of what you are studying, and your thoughts about it, is often known as a ‘learning journal’. Jot down your answers to the activities, ideas that particularly interest you and your thoughts along the way. Having a few headings, such as the names and numbers of the activities, will help you find them again later.

Making really useful notes – rather than a jumble of ideas – takes quite a bit of practice. Don’t worry if yours aren’t perfect to begin with; you will be given guidance and encouraged to reflect on your note-taking methods as you go along.