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ERIC Number: EJ788101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Can Liberal Education Make a Comeback? The Case of "Relational Touch" at Summerhill School
Stronach, Ian; Piper, Heather
American Educational Research Journal, v45 n1 p6-37 2008
This article draws on data from a single element of a larger project which focused on the issue of "touching" between education and child care professionals and children in a number of settings. This case study looks at a school once internationally renowned as the exemplar of "free" schooling. The authors consider how the school works as a community, how it impacts on its students, and how it copes with the strictures of the audit culture in relation to "risk" and "safety." The authors' experiences led them to the realization that physical "touch" was an irrelevant focus in this school, and they developed the notion of "relational touch." Summerhill works in ways that approximate an inversion of the audit culture. The authors argue that progressive and critical conceptions of education continue to have much to learn from concrete examples like Summerhill and conclude that a revival of such values in education is long overdue. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom