Knowing with New Media

Humberto R Maturana
& Francisco J Varela,


Joe L Kincheloe


An individual is an active producer of his/her knowledge.

The individual sees, navigates and constructs world knowledge through unique psychological tools.

These tools are context specific and defined by the availability and affordances of resources and means of production.

Catalysed by digital technologies, the Ripples' knower generates data from first-hand experiences and material from endless cultural resources.

They make meaning through the construction of multimodal texts by inventing personal approaches.

Through collaboration with others, the knower develops his/her unique pattern of assimilation with the world, which is sensory-based and modality-specific.

The person who constructs the knowledge, the observer, ‘must be granted the same seriousness of attention as is typically accorded the research design and the research method in the traditional form of inquiry’ (Kincheloe, 2003, p. 48).

The knower, just as is the knowledge they produce, is a by-product of their biographical, historical and sociocultural matrix.



Theoretical ripplework

There is no knowledge without the knower

Kincheloe, 2003

Anything said is said by
an observer

Maturana and Varela, 1980

Adopting the constructivist perspective, the Ripples' paradigm
is built on the premise that knowledge-creation is grounded
in the centrality of the autonomous knower.
The self in Ripples' learning is
a primary agent striving to gain knowledge by cultivating expertise for designing, maintaining and controlling an individual repertoire
of life-essential competencies and skills—a life raft

The life raft is an exclusive survival mechanism based on a unique individual embodiment, expressed through self-reflective awareness
of active interaction with the world.

The Ripples' theoretical matrix is formed as a ripplework comprised of five theoretical concepts

The Ripples model adopts the visual concept that embodies Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man; the reconnection of science and art. This allows the individual to understand the world through the peculiarity of their own eyes, emphasising the knower's agency to recognise how personal potential can be optimised within the ripplework of life.

Vitruvian Man 'also symbolises an ideal of humanism that celebrates the dignity, value, and rational agency of humans and individuals' (Issacson, 2017), which is adopted into all areas of the Ripples learning.




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