What is rhizomatic?
The Rhizomatic learning, also known as “creeping rootstalk” is based upon ideas given by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. It is a stem of plant that sends out roots and shoots as it spreads. It is an image used by D&G to describe that ideas are multiple, interconnected, and self-replicating. A rhizome plant does not have center nor does it have a defined boundary; rather it is made up of a number of independent nodes. Each node is capable of growing and spreading on its own.
It is a model, where curriculum is developed and adapted by participants in a dynamic way, in response to circumstances. In rhizomatic learning, the idea is to embrace and learn innovative and unknown ideas. The prime objective of rhizomatic learning is to acknowledge that learners come from different backgrounds and contexts, have different perspectives, and thus require different means to learn. Presuming that a learner knows every perspective is like believing in magic.
Rhizomatic Resarch Culture:
Rhizomatic research culture should always be capable of constant learning, always open to accept new ideas and knowledge, and competent enough to approach, search, and research any unknown material. It should be networked and connected to others.
Here are few key points of research culture:
• Expert continuous learning
• Known core content open to new knowledge
• Clear opinions
The rhizomatic viewpoint presents the concept of knowledge to its earliest roots. It explains that a disseminated knowledge can allow a community to legitimize the work it is doing. If a given bit of information is considered valuable and useful for the community, it can be added up as knowledge. As a result, community acquires the power to create acquaintance within a given context, provides the facts as a new node, and connects it to rest of the network.
Indeed, members themselves will then connect that node to a larger network. The knowledge seekers in the cutting-edge fields are gradually finding that ongoing assessment of new developments is most effectively achieved by participation and negotiation in community.