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Relationships, Relevance, Responsibility and Respect


The world holds a multitude of narratives that reflect how we, as individuals, experience our world and each other. Understanding sharing, and interrelating these stories will lead the way to a better understanding and acceptance of our global families.

The role of education today is to open doors, invite the world and promote the overarching values of human life, self improvement, civility, and respect. Through our relationships we will define who we are as a person, as a nation and as a world. Kezar (2006) and Popkewitz (1980) both speak to relationships, history and interdependencies as a framework for learning and a creation of “knowledge”.

To quote Margaret Wheatley:

“Seeing the interplay between system dynamics and individuals is a dance of discovery that requires several iterations between the whole and its parts. We expand our vision to see the whole, then narrow our gaze to peer intently into individual moments. With each iteration, we see more of the whole, and gain new understandings about individual elements. We paint a portrait of the whole, surfacing as much detail as possible. Then we inquire into a few pivotal events or decisions, and search for great detail there also. We keep dancing between the two levels, bringing the sensitivities and information gleaned from one level to help us understand the other. If we hold awareness of the whole as we study the part, and understand the part in its relationship to the whole, profound new insights become available…. It is a framework by which one can investigate and/or describe any group of objects that work in concert to produce some result. (Margaret Wheatley, p. 143)


Kezar, A. (2006). To use or not to use theory: Is that the question? J.C. Smart (Ed.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, XXI, 283-344. College Student Retention, 10(3), 339-360.

Popkewitz, T. S. (1980). Paradigms in education science: Different meanings and purpose to theory. Journal of Education, V162n1, 28-28-46.

Wheately, M. J., & Kellner-Rogers, M. (1996). Self-organization: The Irresistible Future of Organizing.



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