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Positive education: A new look at Freedom to Learn

Joseph, Stephen; Murphy, David; Holford, John


Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education


Recent years have seen much interest in positive education. In this article, we will show how person-centred education, like positive education, is concerned with the promotion of human flourishing. Both offer ways in which education goes beyond traditional skills and knowledge to a concern for the well-being of people. However, we argue that an awareness of the scholarship of Carl Rogers, the author of Freedom to Learn and the originator of the person-centred approach with its contrasting ontological stance to human nature will broaden the scope of the positive education movement to create a healthy and necessary theoretical tension in views of how positive education can be delivered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 5, 2020
Journal Oxford Review of Education
Print ISSN 0305-4985
Electronic ISSN 1465-3915
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-14
APA6 Citation Joseph, S., Murphy, D., & Holford, J. (2020). Positive education: A new look at Freedom to Learn. Oxford Review of Education, 1-14.
Keywords Education
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