Making the ‘impossible’ possible: using a Living Theory methodology to improve my practice

TitleMaking the ‘impossible’ possible: using a Living Theory methodology to improve my practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRawal, S
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Start Page72
Date Published6/2017
Type of Articleliving theory
AbstractThis paper explores how I had a change of understanding concerning my relationship with the children of my country, and how I entered an ‘I-You’ relationship (Buber, 1970) of genuine love and care. The change encouraged me to negate the contradictions I experienced in my practice and take concrete steps towards the betterment of their learning. The gifts and talents of the marginalized children have persistently been dismissed and it has been alleged that they are ‘impossible’ to teach. As I try to make the ‘impossible’ possible, I draw attention to the education of the rural children in India who have unequal opportunities and education; with proper motivation they can achieve beyond what some consider to be possible. Through a multi-media representation of my classroom, I discuss the unexplored domain of pre-vocational education in the primary school. I believe it to be a field for consideration, scrutiny and research if we hope to augment the educational competencies of our children to enable their seamless entry into the world of work. I share my students’ and my own experiences in learning as I seek to communicate an innovative paradigm of vocational education, while using a living educational theory approach to answer the question, ‘How do I improve what I am doing?’
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