The Rogerian Student-Centered Learning Approach and the Democratization of Education
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Poznan University of Physical Education, Poland
Department of Sociology of Gender and Family, University of Wrocław, Poland
Submission date: 2021-08-23
Acceptance date: 2022-03-23
Publication date: 2022-06-21
Polish Sociological Review 2022;218(2):273–288
The authors of this article reiterate the question of the best holistic approach for democratising relationships in a learning community developing students’ social-emotional competence on the one hand, and developing students’ academic competence on the other. Democratization of education and Social and emotional learning are well-researched issues. They have been elements present in school curricula for several decades, yet it remains difficult to make them a reality. Rogers was focused on finding the components of interaction that facilitate authentic and meaningful interpersonal relationships. As a result of his research, he singled out the ‘cornerstones’ of the Person-Centered/Pupil-Centered Approach (PCA): inter alia non-directivity, classroom climate setting, congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard, among others. This psychologist also pointed out how to work with a group and in a group so that an environment for meaningful learning, well-being, and democratic relationships is created.