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Title: Designing for Compassion in Schools: A Humanizing Approach to Co-Design
Authors: Potvin, Ashley Seidel
Teeters, Leah Peña
Penuel, William R.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Potvin, A. S., Teeters, L. P., & Penuel, W. R. (2021). Designing for Compassion in Schools: A Humanizing Approach to Co-Design. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 131-138). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Collaborative design as a participatory approach to organizing research and learning environments engages educators as partners in ways that draw on their lived experiences and identities (Bang & Vossoughi, 2016). This paper focuses on the co-design of a course for educators in compassion and dignity and explores co-design as a humanizing experience for educators, one that invites educators’ whole selves into the process. We ask: a) In what ways is the co-design of a compassion course a humanizing experience? b) How does a humanizing co-design process support the enactment of compassion across scales of practice? The intentionality given to the co-design experience supported participants to see connections among meetings, professional contexts, and personal lives in new and expansive ways. As participants enacted learning across scales of practice, they were presented with new understandings of the content, and in turn designed a product that embodied expansive and compassionate learning.
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