ERIC Number: ED334488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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What Is Invitational Education and How Does It Work?
Purkey, William Watson
Invitational education is a theory of practice designed to create a total school environment that intentionally summons people in schools to realize their relatively boundless potential. It addresses the global nature of schools, the entire gestalt. Its purpose is to make schooling a more exciting, satisfying and enriching experience for everyone involved in the educative process. Its method is to offer a guiding theory, a common language of improvement, and a practical means to accomplish its stated purpose. Invitational education is centered on four propositions based on trust, respect, optimism, and intentionality. It is based on two successive foundations: the perceptual tradition and the self-concept theory. Invitational education identifies the following levels of functioning: intentionally disinviting, unintentionally disinviting, intentionally inviting, and the highest level, the plus factor. Everyone functions at each level from time to time, but it is the level at which one typically functions that determines one's approach to life and one's success in personal and professional living. An example of the successful operation of this approach--at a public junior high school in North Carolina--is described in detail. Invitational education is finding its way into health care facilities, management work places, and parenting. Wherever it goes, it carries a basic message that human potential, not always evident, is always there, waiting to be discovered and invited forth. Equally important, invitational education offers a concrete, practical, and successful way to accomplish its purposes. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Invitational Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual California State Conference on Self-Esteem (9th, Santa Clara, CA, February 22-24, 1991).