The Relational Path to Educational Regeneration


The Relational Path to Educational Regeneration


Course Description:

Throughout much of the world, education has focused on students’ mastering a fixed body of knowledge. Such mastery is often linked to a factory model of schooling in which standardised curricula, top-down pedagogy, and performance assessment are used to ensure the quality of the ‘products’. This tradition is at once deadening for the participants, and wholly inadequate for the fast paced, complex, and unpredictable world unfolding before us. In this context, education fashioned as a system of production not only fails to meet needs for global flourishing, but worse, it can lead humanity and our planet into peril.

In this four-week online course, we explore a relational path to educational regeneration. It takes a radical step by replacing individual actors at the centre of concern with the relational processes out of which actors become who they are. This allows us to shift the focus from individuals to the forms of relating in which they are engaged. Rather than standardisation, we examine the potentials of emergent and co-created learning aims, and investigate developments in dialogic, collaborative and project-based pedagogies. Special attention is given to practices of relational evaluation as an alternative to testing and grading. Finally, we expand the relevant practices of relating to include entire schools, along with parents and the surrounding community. Ultimately, we extend the relational sphere to include the global communiverse. Favoured by a relational transformation in education is the thriving of innovation, co-inquiry, diversity, and collaboration for the common good.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Challenge assumptions underpinning conventional education
  • Develop a deeper understanding of relational theory and why a relational vision is fundamental to reimagining and transforming our existing educational system;
  • Recognise the myriad ways that relational processes can be integrated in classrooms, schools, and all forms of learning communities, including:
    • Co-created curricula
    • Project-based learning
    • Collaborative and dialogic pedagogy
    • Regenerative evaluation
    • Teachers’ professional development and well-being
  • Enhance capacities for personal and professional growth
  • Reflect on current experiences and create further opportunities for learning

Who is This Course For?

The course is specifically designed for anyone interested in educational regeneration, and especially those who facilitate or are planning to facilitate their own and others learning, such as:

  • teachers and educational professionals of all levels, including formal, informal and non-formal educational settings
  • students of educational studies, development studies, peace studies
  • learning mentors in educational institutions, businesses, and NGOs
  • home schooling facilitators and parents

Weekly Schedule

Week 1 • Beyond Systems of Production – Towards Regenerative Education

  • The Industrial Model of Education in Question
  • Global Challenges and the Imperative for Regeneration
  • Relational Theory: Aims and Practices Reframed
  • The Relational Path to Regenerating Education

Week 2 • Beyond Standardisation – Towards Relational Education

  • A Relational Approach to Learning
  • Dialogic and Collaborative Practices of Pedagogy
  • Emergent Curricula
  • Learning as Becoming More Fully Human

Week 3 • Beyond the Tyranny of Testing – Towards Relational Evaluation

  • Standardised Tests and Grading in Question
  • Relational Evaluation in Theory and Practice
  • Relational Evaluation and Teachers Professional Development
  • Relational Evaluation and Whole School Development

Week 4 • Beyond the Institution – Community, Culture, and Global Well-being

  • Relational Ethics and Learning Spaces
  • Learning Communities: From the Classroom and Beyond
  • Knowledge as Global Commons
  • Transformative Competencies and Regenerative Action

Faculty Introduction to the Course:


Requirements for enrolled Degree students to earn 1 Credit:

  • Required Text
    • Beyond the Tyranny of Testing – Kenneth Gergen, PhD and Scherto Gill, PhD
  • End of course essay on describing the impact on your life of studying this material
    • For BA students – 6-9 pages in length
    • For MA students – 10-15 pages in length
    • For PhD students – 20-25 pages in length

The rules guiding our assignment collection and grading process can be found here: Ubiquity University Grading Policy

Information about how we process refund or cancellation requests can be found here: Refund and Cancellation Policy


Kenneth Gergen, PhD is President of the Taos Institute, and Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College. Ken is internationally known as a major figure in the development of social constructionist and relational theory and its applications to practices of social change. His major writings include Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction (Harvard University Press), The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life (Basic Books), and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community (Oxford University Press). Ken lectures throughout the world on contemporary issues in cultural life, including the self, technology, civil society, organizational change, educational practices, global governance, and political conflict. Ken has received numerous awards for his work, as well as honorary degrees in both the U.S. and Europe.


Scherto R. Gill, PhD is Senior Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP) Research Institute, Associate Professor at the University of Sussex, and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA). She directs a UNESCO Initiative on Educational Transformation and Collective Healing, and leads the G20 Interfaith Forum‘s Education Working Group. Through research, grassroots projects and published work, Scherto actively explores ways to implement innovative ideas, such as deep dialogue, ethics of caring, positive peace and holistic well-being, in social transformation. Her most recent publications include: Happiness, Flourishing and the Good Life: A Transformative Vision of Human Well-Being (Routledge), Ethical Education (Cambridge University Press), Education as Humanisation (Routledge); and Critical Narrative as Pedagogy (Bloomsbury).


Gergen and Gill have co-authored a book entitled Beyond the Tyranny of Testing: Relational Evaluation in Education. This book will be a core reading for this course. Registered participants of this course can purchase the book at 30% discount directly from the publisher, Oxford University Press.



  • BA Level: $100
  • MA Level: $200
  • PhD Level: $300
  • Audit-No Credit: $80

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