Co-development patterns of knowledge, experience, and self in humanistic knowledge building communities

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This study attends the learning sciences to the work of Carl Rogers and his person-centered therapy and education. Building on claims that knowledge building communities are idea-centered, as well as recent research in this area that has looked at learning holistically, we examine the notion of a ‘humanistic knowledge building community’ as an integration of idea-centered classroom knowledge building communities with Rogerian person-centeredness. We investigated an innovative course for graduate students in an educational technologies program that both inspired and informed this conceptualization. Our grounded theoretical approach combined with a microanalysis of one student revealed five patterns that knowledge, experience, and self can co-develop in a humanistic knowledge building community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-619
Number of pages27
JournalInstructional Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding Funding was provided by I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation (Grand No. 1716/12).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Springer Nature B.V.


  • Humanistic education
  • Idea-centered
  • Knowledge building communities
  • Person-centered
  • Sociocultural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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