Date: 14 February 2007
To: All UF Graduate Students
From: Cheri Winton Brodeur, Ph.D
UF Program Development and Evaluation Center (PDEC)
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RE: Kirton Lectures on Managing Diversity and Change: 2 March 2007
World-renown theorist Dr. Michael Kirton will speak on "Cognitive Style:
Managing Diversity and Change in a Complex World" on Friday, 2 March 2007,
from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in G001 McCarty Hall and from 3:00 p.m. to
4:30 p.m. in G114 Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Building. Both
venues have telecom capabilities; contact Cheri Brodeur at [log in to unmask]
to set up connectivity if your off-campus facilty has telecom capabilities.
"Cognitive style" is an individual's preferred method of problem solving.
People solve problems in two ways. Using an oversimplified example, one
group prefers to fix what already exists and improve it (adaptors). The
second type (innovators) prefers to "start with something new" by going
outside the existing environment to find the solutions. It should be obvious
that tension will develop between problem-solvers just by asking them to
work together, and yet it is this diversity and the width of the gap between
the problem solvers that can provide the best solutions to a problem.
Understanding cognitive style and learning to manage this diversity to solve
problems effectively will be the subject of Dr. Kirton's talks, followed by
plenty of time for questions. This subject should be of interest to all of
you regardless of your discipline since all disciplines and career areas
require that people be able to work together effectively. Dr. Kirton has 30
years of research data and his practical application is being used in almost
every possible walk of life, from the military to the classroom. You won't
want to miss this introduction from Dr. Kirton if you are interested in
learning how to work and solve problems as members of a group.
For more information, contact Dr. Cheri Winton Brodeur at [log in to unmask]