Thursday, 17 December 2009

What is Invitational Learning?

Invitational Learning is a remarkably direct but evocative model of schooling developed by William W. Purkey. The aim, as Purkey says, is to make school "the most inviting place in town" by emphasizing mutual respect and human potential in every aspect of schooling--people, places, policies, and programs. The invitational approach to education is predicated on four fundamental assumptions:

- that people are able, valuable, and responsible, and should be treated accordingly;

- that education should be a collaborative, cooperative activity, involving all participants--teachers, students, and parents--in all decisions which affect them;

- that people possess untapped potential in all aspects of human endeavour; and

- that human potential can best be realized by places, policies, and processes that are specifically designed to invite development, and by people who are intentionally inviting with themselves and others, personally and professionally.

Inviting schools, then, are places where students feel welcome, appreciated, and encouraged to realize their potential and to respect the unique worth of themselves and others.

Invitations are a key ingredient to Whole Person Process Facilitation and Open Space Technology Meetings.

More to come on Theoretical Foundations of invitational learning or facilitation.

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22, 23 et 24 janvier 2010 à Gatineau, QC, Canada, en collaboration avec Entraide-Deuil de l'Outaouais.  L'atelier est offert en français.

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January 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 2010 - noon to 3 pm EST. Workshop offered in English.

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