The critical role of relationship in education

Show simple item record Wessels, Francois 2015-11-25T07:21:22Z 2015-11-25T07:21:22Z 2015-09-28
dc.description.abstract A TED talk by Susan Savage-Rumbaugh entitled ‘The gentle genius of the bonobos’ tells the story of the learning ability of these gentle primates. Although these animals were never deliberately taught any skills – cognitive, linguistic or technical – they managed to learn a vast amount from the scientists in the program by just observing, experimenting and imitating them. And the key to this learning process was the significance these humans had in the lives of the bonobos. The relationship between the scientists and the bonobos was therefore key to the learning experience and the learning process. This reminded me of the success stories I have witnessed within our therapist training program at the counselling centre where I have been lecturing. We used to train pastoral therapists within the narrative paradigm. Within this paradigm, reality is considered to be socially constructed, thus emphasising the relational nature of identity, agency and knowledge. Aligning the ‘teaching methodology’ with this epistemology invariably requires a participatory approach to training, which in our context led to the adoption of seminars rather than lectures, and a conversational style of learning (with the lecturer – or more aptly, the facilitator – becoming a co-learner!). This article will now explore what the effect of relationship building as a deliberate prerequisite for learning might be on learner agency. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Wessels, F., 2015, ‘The critical role of relationship education’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(3), Art. #2702, 8 pages. 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2702. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.other 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2702
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Learning ability en_ZA
dc.subject Humans en_ZA
dc.subject Relationships en_ZA
dc.subject Meaning-making en_ZA
dc.subject Education and training en_ZA
dc.subject Relationship building en_ZA
dc.title The critical role of relationship in education en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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