Humanistic knowledge-building communities

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The goal of humanistic education is to help people become more open to experience, creative and self-directed. The humanistic movement, with its person-centred approach, emerged in full force during the American Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. One of the major developments that came out of person-centred pedagogy is the encounter group. Knowledge-building communities aim to advance the collective knowledge of a community through dialogue. Knowledge-building communities in classrooms were developed to simulate the types of activities and practices that real knowledge workers carry out. The belief underlying Humanistic Knowledge-Building Communities is that personal growth and shared development of ideas can co-exist and that they work together in exciting new ways. Person-centredness adds a new perspective to building knowledge in the classroom or online. In the words of Carl Rogers: “The most socially useful learning in the modern world is the learning of the process of learning, a continuing openness to experience and incorporation into oneself of the process of change”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical pedagogy
Subtitle of host publication40 new ways to teach and learn
EditorsSharples Mike
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780429485534
StatePublished - 2019


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