CCrAMHP has now been running for several years. See here for a list of things that we have talked and learned about. Some people attend most meetings, others come for a period and then not for a while, some dip in and out, others value receiving emails. At this meeting we got in to a conversation with John Lockhart from the Freire Institute. It helped us to think about learning that goes on between us, within CCrAMHP, and in other aspects of our lives and work.
See HERE for an introduction to the ideas of Paulo Freire. His approach to education is based upon dialogue, and moves away from the traditional ‘banking’ metaphor – of students as empty containers which educators must deposit knowledge in to.
John talked about the misconception that Freirean ideas are about adopting specific methods – small group work for example. In fact, he said, they can be applied within the context of a lecture too. They key is that the learning potential of everyone is recognised and their knowledge drawn upon. The role of the teacher is not a passive one (as might be implied by the notion of a ‘facilitator’ of learning). In the Freire Institute the word ‘animateur’ is used.
Further information about the Freire institute, and its online courses can be found HERE.
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