Place-based and community-engaged education

Place-based and community-engaged education

In the book, Place-based learning in the global age, Gregory Smith talks about a social movement called ‘The new localism’ that has emerged as a result of the disruption of traditional community life that came about as a result of economic development. This movement...
Educating the hunter-gatherer way: Self-directed learning

Educating the hunter-gatherer way: Self-directed learning

In a recent article in the Economist I read that young children should be the first to return to school after the Covid-19 pandemic on the basis that they are not yet capable of self-directed learning. This is quite ironic – young infants, arguably, are the most...
Practice: Developing observational and attentional skills

Practice: Developing observational and attentional skills

Observation without evaluation “You can learn a lot just by watching” – Yogi Berra What happens when we observe something without evaluating it? The primary way we ‘know’ something is pre-conceptual – it comes before thoughts and ideas. The normal way we process...
The heart of learning: Human presence in education

The heart of learning: Human presence in education

‘Education’ has the potential to take place in any situation where two or more people are meeting, that is, relating. Relationship lies at the heart of what it means to be human and hence what it means to educate. The root ‘educare’ refers to a ‘drawing out’ process...
An emotional education: Needs, feelings and behaviour

An emotional education: Needs, feelings and behaviour

The other evening, I was walking in the mountains. It was late in the day and the sun was shining in a slanted way, making the whole world look lovely. Great greens and browns filled the hills and valleys. The air was still, the land quiet. No wind stirred, the only...