chapter  2
38 Pages

Analysing the Situation

The facilitation of learning ... [is] a highly complex psychosocial drama in which the personalities of the individuals involved, the contextual setting for the educational transaction, and the prevailing political climate crucially affect the nature and form of learning. (Brookfield, 1986:vii)

Chapter Preview How often do we function with little or no critical thought about the social, economic and political context within which we work and the effects of our actions (or inactions) on that context? Or try to implement change in an institution without first having analysed where the power lies and whose support we need? As educators, we all need to analyse the situations within which we work to ensure that our work is relevant and meets the needs it is intended to meet.