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I like it when I can permit freedom to others

Set in italics for emphasis on page 74 of On Becoming an Effective Teacher, Hal Lyon expresses exactly my own motivation towards person-centred education - I also like it when I can permit freedom to others! As Hal says, "Of all the learnings I’ve developed, I think the climate of freedom, which I can frequently help create, which I can often carry with me and around me, is to me one of the most precious parts of myself."

Of course, it's not always achievable - the principle barrier is "the absurd demand of the university that learning is measured by grades" - but when it is...
" becomes what it should be: an exciting quest, a search, and not an accumulation of facts soon to be outdated. In groups that I’ve been able to set free, there arise true students, real learners, creative scientists, scholars, and practitioners. The kind of persons who can live in a modern world, existing in the delicate but ever-changing balance between what is present…

How to Write a Scholarly Book Review for Publication

These notes are based on Lee, Alexander D., et al. "How to write a scholarly book review for publication in a peer-reviewed journal: a review of the literature." The Journal of chiropractic education 24.1 (2010): 57.

I took the notes some while ago and a lot's happened since - on review, I have to say I found it all useful to think about but the bit I found most useful was Table 1 with the strategy overview all in one place...

1.     Stakeholders and purpose of book Overall aim: A well-balanced, engaging, and informative critique. Primary audience is journal’s readership – book review is excellent vehicle to inform readers about new books in the marketplace – evaluation may guide their reading preferences.
Book reviews can be used to determine worthiness for future editions, more books from the author, promotional materials, market research for future titles, librarians for future holdings etc.
Book reviewer can act as entrusted critic informing readership of seminal wo…

If you trust them...

Couldn't resist posting Carl Rogers' final thoughts in Hal Lyons new book On Becoming an Effective Teacher (p.188) - a fantastic, eloquent summary of how person-centred education does its thing, including how the teacher should BE in the classroom in order to set learners free:
If you trust them, they will respond to that trust. If you can openly be your real self, they will respond to you as a person. If you nourish their exploring, they will grow. If you feed their curiosity, they will learn. If you care for them as persons, they will return that caring. If you can understand their feelings, it will expand and blossom and bloom, and then they will learn more in reading and math, in all the subjects. They will learn to think for themselves, they’ll find ways of solving problems, they will speak for themselves as independent persons, they will respond with hard, disciplined work to the climate you have created. They will begin to discover the enormous strength and potential th… - searchable online database for person-centred research

Two Austrian organisations for the person-centred approach have joined forces and created a rather amazing searchable online bibliography containing 9830 Records by a total of 6701 authors and editors (when I posted this, but I'm sure it's growing...).

According to the site,  the  database stems mainly from the bibliographies of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling (WAPCEPC). It is aimed specifically at researchers, students, and psycho­therapists, but is equally available to a wider public.

There is a lovely and clear 'how to' link at the top for first users and a (rather subtle) 'EN' link at top right for English-speakers.

After just having read Hal Lyons lovely book On Becoming an Effective Teacher, I tried out the search term 'teacher' and got two pages of results, many of which I hadn't seen before. 'Neuroscience' brought a rich handful of references relating findings from that sph…

This world has been saved by our disobedience

If we had done a thousand years ago as the kings told us, we would have all been slaves. If we had done as the priests told us, we would have all been idiots. If we had done as the doctors told us, we would have all been dead. This world has been saved by our disobedience.

(Robert G. Ingersoll in Carl R Rogers, Harold C Lyon and Reinhard Tausch (2013) On Becoming an Effective Teacher: Person-centered teaching, psychology, philosophy, and dialogues with Carl R. Rogers and Harold Lyon, Routledge: London and New York, p.53)