In this week’s supplemental readings by Papert, namely Instructionism vs Constructionism Papert mentions two types of makers/learners:
"Jeff is the author of one of the first space-shuttle programs. He
does it, as he does most other things, by making a plan. There
will be a rocket, boosters, a trip through the stars, a landing.
He conceives the program globally; then he breaks it up into
manageable pieces. "I wrote out the parts on a big piece of
cardboard. I saw the whole thing in my mind just in one night,
and I couldn’t wait to come to school to make it work…"
…Kevin is a very different sort of child. Where Jeff is precise in
all of his actions, Kevin is dreamy and impressionistic. Where Jeff
tends to try to impose his ideas on other children, Kevin’s
warmth, easygoing nature, and interest in others make him popular.
Meetings with Kevin were often interrupted by his being
called out to rehearse for a school play. The play was Cinderella,
and he had been given the role of Prince Charming …"
While there do seem to be some biased character judgements against “Jeffs”, what are your thoughts on these personas overall? As I sit trying to identify with either Jeff or Kevin, I’m curious as to how others see the situation and would love to hear some feedback.