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Learning Agreements in 'Traditional' Academia

It's been a while - life intervening once more - moved house, Machiavellian work fun, amongst other travails - but the person-centred approach keeps moving me forward and is at the core of all that I do. Of great note is the BAPCA conference I attended, about which I shall blog soon. However, for now, I just want to make mention of a fantastic book about (what I prefer to call) Learning Agreements, which I'm finding might just prove to be the central practical tool in person-centred education.

So, it's Malcolm Knowles (he of 'andragogy' reknown) and the full reference of the book is Knowles, M. S. (1986). Using learning contracts, Jossey-Bass (San Francisco). Why is it so good? Well, I've read quite a few others (and I will post my bibliography here once I've completed this work) but this one bases itself on Kolb's ideas of learning from experience, so helps the reader by presenting examples of 'contracts', describing its use in independent stud…