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ERIC Number: ED419808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-27
Pages: 22
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The School of Transcendence.
O'Hara, Hunter
This paper discusses the nature of a theoretical school of transcendence as conceived by participants in a graduate course on the topic of transcendence in teacher-learner relationships. Transcendent teacher-learner relationships are spontaneously occurring ones in which teacher and learner transcend their traditional interactive roles. During the encounter, a turning point occurs for one or both participants, and life goals are altered or changed. The school of transcendence is designed to support transcendent pedagogy and interpersonal relationships. A study, comprised of students enrolled in the early childhood master's degree program at Towson University (Maryland), was conducted in which students were asked to theorize how a school characterized by trancendence might look and feel. Based on data collected, this paper contrasts the school of transcendence with the traditional school in terms of: philosophy and approach to creating learning encounters; curricula; planning and scheduling, assessment and evaluation; physical space; and school community interpersonal relationships. The paper discusses the traditional school as a place of violence, contrasting it with the safe environment of the school of transcendence, and it explains governance in the school of transcendence. Finally, the paper identifies transcendence-oriented approaches currently implemented in Reggio Emilia schools and presents a series of metaphors for the school of transcendence to help synthesize the data presented. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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