Tornado Example

It’s not always easy, at first, for people to understand how to really use and integrate different ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to the natural world. So we have developed a set of pages that apply each of the different ways of knowing to a single subject of interest to many people: tornadoes. Please use the links below to explore:

  • Intellectual ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to Tornadoes.
  • Experiential ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to Tornadoes.
  • Spiritual ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to Tornadoes.
  • Mythic ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to Tornadoes.
  • Integrated ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to Tornadoes.

You may also use the table below to explore the directions, their associated ways of knowing and learning, and an example of each type of learning as applied to understanding tornadoes.

Directions on the Circle Ways of Learning and Knowing Tornado Example
East Intellectual Ways of Learning and Knowing Intellectual Ways of Learning about Tornadoes
South Experiential Ways of Learning and Knowing Experiential Ways of Learning about Tornadoes
West Spiritual Ways of Learning and Knowing Spiritual Ways of Learning about Tornadoes
North Mythic Ways of Learning and Knowing Mythic Ways of Learning about Tornadoes
Center Integrated Ways of Learning and Knowing Integrated Ways of Learning about Tornadoes

Tornado photograph is from the National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) collection at the NOAA Photo Library. Taken by D. Burgess near Seymour, Texas on April 10, 1979.