Making A Difference - that Matters
Education is a values-laden life-long process of learning to live a life that is of value to self and others
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.
Be really nice if you wanted to visit Marie Huxtable on ResearchGate. I will try to post papers there as well so if this sort of research interests you could 'follow me' and you will get notification when I post. I am sure I should be able to do that here but not yet learned how to.
This is a must watch - Jack Whitehead's TEDX talk on 24th October in Bolton University, UK
Here Joy Mounter is talking about Living Educational Theory research from a practitioner's point of view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KrweokCbZE&feature=youtu.be
And here Jack Whitehead is introducting Living Educational Theory research - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6hCtGy0W_o&feature=youtu.be
This site needs a major overhaul but may never happen. In the meantime I just add to it as I find things I want to store. I have added to this site since 2006 when I began working on my doctoral thesis while employed as a senior educational psychologist leading on an authority wide project I was passionate about. I wanted somewhere to keep things so I could find them (I am seriously untidy as you will realise should you have a look through the site). I also wanted to walk my own talk and offer my learning journey as a gift to anyone who might be able to benefit from meeting some of the inspirational people and ideas I have met along the way. I thought someone may find something useful to them amongst my stumblings and fumblings in the forest of my ignorance and occassional moments in the glades of insight I have enjoyed.
Many things have changed in my life since then. I have a doctorate. The funding for my work ended and with it my job. I am still thinking about my purpose in life. What is it that makes my life feel worth living? I still can't put it into words but this picture still sums it up for me.
There is Ubuntu explained as 'I am because we are', I am also very interested in exploring 'we are because I am' - why is that so much more difficult? I have also found the notion of Ikigai helpful too. I have realised that I am in an amazing position that rather than being 'retired' or 'unemployed' I am literally able to be self-employed - to employ myself to do what I believe to be productive, worthwhile and carry the hope of contributing to the flourishing of humanity. Where I am now? Bearing in mind it is always work in progress you can find my sites of practice when I get sorted to create an update to my living-poster.
If you are looking for a gateway to a community of values driven practitioner researchers have a look at collection of living posters. Check them out, follow the links, contact people and contribute your own living poster.
The contribution Cyril Rosen made to the world through his life and his work to make the world a better place for primates is one of my inspirations. Memory of him reminds me that, 'there is no unbinding the chain that a life lived with such integrity can bind around our hearts'.
In the meantime when I need help to keep things in perspective these two sites are helpful:
If you would like to let me know what, if anything, you find useful, thought provoking, irritating... anything you would donate to make the site more useful, I would much appreciate it. Contact me.