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Geographies of alternative educationDiverse learning spaces for children and young people$
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Peter Kraftl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300496.001.0001

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Inter/personal relations: scale, love and learning habits (II)

Inter/personal relations: scale, love and learning habits (II)

(p.177) Seven Inter/personal relations: scale, love and learning habits (II)
Geographies of alternative education

Peter Kraftl

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on some of the interpersonal relations that sustain alternative learning spaces. It asks what kinds of interpersonal relationships are appropriate for learning, looking initially at how these relationships are characterised – especially as ‘friendship’ or ‘family’-like relations. The chapter focuses upon the feelings that constitute those relationships, particularly empathy, care and love. Thereafter, the chapter returns to the question of habit. Rather than thinking about how habits are internalised within young people (Chapter 6), it considers how habits can be understood as outward-facing. That is, some educators advocate spiritual conceptions of love, which are integral to the production of habits of generosity, care and responsibility to others. Thus, this chapter also provides some reflection on that most geographical of terms: scale. Despite an emphasis on ‘smallness’ in many alternative learning spaces, the chapter explores how interpersonal love can also be manifested as a kind of readiness to empathise with (often) unknown others, located physically and conceptually ‘outside’ the immediacy of a particular learning space; sometimes, on the other side of the world. Thus, the chapter's closing argument is that loving habits maybe spatialised beyond immediacy, in an intermingling of spatial scales.

Keywords:   Geographies of friendship, Intergenerational relations, Interpersonal relations, Geographies of family, Care, Love, Responsibility, Interpersonal habits, Feeling, Scale

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