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Education as Human Development

This expresses the philosophy of education underpinning the values of Ragged University. This thesis is an expanded version of a presentation originally given at the British Educational Research Association conference held in Liverpool John Moores University 8th November 2018 which spoke to the of ‘Transitions: Challenges, Threats & Opportunities across the Post-compulsory Sectors’.  Its original title was ‘Education as Human Development; Rewilding and Saving Social Mammals from the Ostricism of the Market’ Read more

Floating Classrooms: A Model For Mobile Teaching

The nature of the Floating Classroom project is to develop the affordances around going into communities and opening up spaces which are equipped to cultivate threads of interest which reside in those communities. This means having everything that a classroom might normally have in a higher education context, except on a mobile basis.

Like UNICEF created their ‘School in a Box‘ scheme, providing the basic fundamental tools to communities to set up a classroom, the idea here is to have a ‘floating classroom’ where we apply learning taken from human development work. Specifically, Ernesto Sirolli and participatory action research, where the community are listened to and their learning trajectory is decided by their own interests and the issues which they face in their day to day lives. Read more

The Medium is the Means: The Industrial-Educational Complex

Marshall McLuhan is very well known for developing communications theory, and is famously attributed with the expression “The medium is the message”, which speaks of the different affordances which each medium has for communicating information. Speaking has different affordances from writing, radio has different affordances from television, clay has different affordances from paint… Read more