[permaculture] diploma in permaculture design
Pacific Edge Permaculture + Media
pacedge at magna.com.au
Sat Jul 27 00:36:39 EDT 2002
On Saturday, July 27, 2002, at 05:39 AM, Graham Burnett wrote:
> The imporatnat thing IMHO about PC courses isn't so much the 'facts &
> knowledge', which indeed you could proabaly pick up with judicious home
> study and reading, and from applied work , so much as the group
> the fact that for the duration of the course a learning 'community' is
> formed, in which group knowledge, skills, personalities, etc come
> together... THAT is the really valuable part...
Fiona Campbell and I taught a part-time design course in Sydney for some
years and found Graham's comment about the formation of a 'learning
community' to be true.
I listened as others told me that a part-time course would never
generate the 'community' and bonhomie of a residential course. However,
I found that it does. Although the 'learning community' may be a less
intense affair than that of a residential course, it was equally
convivial and, according to participants, meeting weekly (sometimes
more) generated a sense of what Graham calls 'learning community' and
allowed people to get to know each other more.
> As for gaining a permaculture diploma in 2 months... well in the UK the
> diploma process involves a minimum of 2 years applied Permaculture work
> completion of a 72 hour PC design course...
Same in Australia. The Permaculture Institute stipulates this period.
> not sure of the diploma's 'worth' as such anyway, personally I see it
> more about
> recognition of one's personal achievement and reaching a certain stage
> deeper understanding of what 'permaculture' is about and how that is
> incorporated into one's practice & lifestyle...
Agree completely Graham. It's recognition of the fact the student has
completed two years applied work after completing a design course. I
think it is valuable for that alone. Like the design course, it probably
needs formalising more and a structure or attaining a diploma agreed to
by training providers.
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