The qualitative outcomes of education

Serene imageI came across this description while preparing a short form case study for a project I’ve been involved in, and thought I’d better make a note of what was described as the qualitative outcomes of education.

As teachers, we should strive to create environments:

  • In which learners are empowered, are safe to express themselves, to ask and respond to peers’ questions without feeling oppressed, domesticated or silenced
  • That encourage intellectual freedom to ‘think-aloud’, ‘try-out’ new things and reflect on lessons learnt
  • In which the psychological distance between knowledgeable others (peers and experts) is reduced
  • In which learners are equal partners in knowledge production (participatory parity)

By Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.