Scherto Gill

Scherto Gill
Global Humanity for Peace Institue · Research

PhD

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This article provides a much needed inquiry into the legacy of slavery from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the historical, socioeconomic, political, and the epistemic. It makes an important distinction between the legacy of slavery and its persisting damages. By investigating this legacy’s effects on peoples, communities, and societies...
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In this article, we show how pathways to justice and reconciliation pertaining to the transatlantic slavery should begin with collective healing processes. To illustrate this conclusion, we first employ a four-fold conceptual framework for understanding collective healing that consists in: (1) acknowledging historical dehumanizing acts; (2) address...
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This Special Issue brings together five articles from different disciplines. It aims to contribute to the emergent critical voices in research about collective trauma and collective healing by introducing novel perspectives and inviting further debates on the relevant issues evoked. For this reason, the Special Issue focuses on collective healing t...
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Relationships are especially important in childhood and hence in primary education. There are already ground-breaking practices of evaluation in primary classrooms that illustrate how relational approaches can support children’s learning and well-being. These practices often involve dialogue, reflective questioning, peer collaboration, and mutual a...
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A central purpose of evaluating teaching is to help teachers develop professionally. In contrast to traditional teachers’ appraisal and teachers’ performance management, relational approaches can overcome the current impasse where student test scores are used to judge teachers. Such practices undermine teachers’ confidence and professionalism and f...
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Practices of assessment in education are byproducts of a bygone era. When testing and grades become the very goals of education, learning suffers, along with the well-being of students and teachers. In this book, the authors propose a radical alternative to the measurement-based assessment tradition, a vision in which schools are no longer structur...
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In this conclusion, the authors consider steps toward systemic transformation in education. They offer proposals for relation-enriching actions in the classroom, the whole school, the community, higher education institutions, and beyond. In the classroom, the authors emphasize the art of inquiring, the art of listening, the art of appreciation, and...
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Relationships are of paramount importance for adolescents whose lives are undergoing changes in many dimensions. With appropriate support and care grounded in relational processes, young people can more readily overcome disaffection and apathy. In this chapter, the authors place special emphasis on the quality of interaction and exchange among stud...
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School inspection based on the standardized measurement of student test performance is among the significant causes of teachers’ stress and school leaders’ frustration. To truly understand how a school provides meaningful educational experiences, it is imperative to involve the reflection of all stakeholders. Viable alternatives from a relational s...
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Replacing the assessment orientation requires an alternative to the idea of schools as sites of production. To do so, the authors challenge the conception of schools as composed of individual actors whose performance can be measured independently of their lodgment in the social world. They argue that our understandings of the world, along with our...
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This book starts by highlighting the different purposes of evaluation in education, including its contribution to student learning, teachers’ professional development, the school community’s progress, and the informed participation of parents and other stakeholders. However, largely owing to the current educational system that structures schools as...
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Practices of dialogue, collaboration, and participatory action appear with increasing frequency across the landscape of contemporary education. Of particular significance is their presence in emerging practices of curriculum design and pedagogy. In this chapter the authors first explore the close relationship of these developments to relational eva...
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A relational orientation to evaluation is developed with three primary features: the first is a focus on the process of co-inquiry, where stakeholders inquire together into the student’s learning and development; the second is an emphasis on adding value to experiences of learning; and the third is the enhancement of meaningful relationships key to...
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School leaders, teachers, and students from around the globe voice frustration at finding themselves increasingly enslaved by exam scores, performance targets and school rankings. While aimed primarily at institutional accountability and raising educational standards, measurement-based systems of assessment have become counter-productive for teache...
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A good understanding of harmony can have profound implication for peace. What I want to explore is the understanding of peace from the perspective of harmony, and the opportunities that such a conception might bring to the process of creating peace and peacefulness globally. More specifically, from reading Confucian and Greek classics it interprets...
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During the COVID-19 lockdown, schools are closed, exams have been cancelled, and teaching and learning are taking an unprecedented form. In this process, two realities are brought to light. On the one hand, the pandemic highlights the widening gaps in society and the part that the educational system plays in privileging students from advantageous b...
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Beyond the Tyranny of Testing Relational Evaluation in Education Kenneth J. Gergen and Scherto R. Gill Abstract Practices of assessment in education are byproducts of a bygone era. As grades and test scores now become the very goals of education, learning suffers, along with the well-being of both students and teachers. Proposed here is an altern...
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Cambridge Core - Education, History, Theory - Ethical Education - edited by Scherto Gill
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Currently the British educational system can be characterised by its instrumentalisation (of ends) and control (of means), revealing an impoverished vision of community and a lack of care. To (re)imagine public education is to reconsider what this ‘public’ means and signifies in practice. This article suggests that at the core of a richer and more...
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Spiritually rooted and morally oriented peacefulness is relevant to the socio-economic–political structures that provide the conditions for a culture of peace. In this book, as the authors build up a theory of peace from the spiritual to the relational and communal towards the socio-political, this book also identifies key principles that character...
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The principal quest of this book is to explore how we might cultivate and extend our inclinations for, and hence need of, loving relatedness and peacefulness, first to ourselves as persons, then into our nearest communities, such as our families and the local communities in which we live and work, and then further into the wider realms of our publi...
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Executive Summary This article reconceptualises collective rights through five social constructionist lenses (see for example, Searle, 1995; Hacking, 1999; Gergen, 2009), including a shift from an individualistic to a relational conception of the person, the recognition of the contingent nature of people’s lives and realities, the view of rights a...
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Human-Centred Education (HCE) radically rethinks the aims of education, the nature of learning, and the relationships between individuals in schools. This accessible guide presents a HCE approach to schooling and includes a variety of rich pedagogical examples. It provides practical suggestions as to how the approach might be adopted as a whole-sch...
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Internationalisation of Higher Education coupled with students’ mobility across the globe in the 21st century has led to universities in many countries having to deal with an unprecedented flow of human diversity. Such diversity can become a potential source of conflict due to increased “otherness”, but at the same time, it also presents an ideal l...
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Since the 1990s, the internationalization of higher education has resulted in an influx of Chinese students into many western universities. More recently, the number of Chinese graduates returning to China has increased dramatically.
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Philosophical hermeneutic 'understands itself not as an absolute position but as a way of experience. It insists that there is no higher principle than holding oneself open in a conversation' –Hans Georg Gadamer This paper's aim is to explore Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics in order to draw out implications for the ethics of dialogue. Through...
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In this literature review, we explore the potential role of education in supporting peacebuilding and societal transformation after violent conflict. Following a critical analysis of the literature published by academics and practitioners, we identify the notion of humanisation (as in the seminal works of Paulo Freire and others) as a unifying conc...
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In this age of new academies, free schools and a general atmosphere of breaking loose from the constraints of Local Authority control and the National Curriculum, the opportunity to explore new alternatives to ‘mainstream’ education, methods of teaching and the curriculum, has never been greater.
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This volume is dedicated to the proposition that religious education should be directed primarily (but not exclusively) toward the spiritual insofar as it is part of a flourishing human life. This proposal was originally put forward at an international symposium on the theme “Religion, Spirituality and Education for Human Flourishing.” Convened joi...
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In this book, we argue that the spiritual life/religious life partly constitutes human flourishing and that religious education can have an important role to play in cultivating a spiritual way of being. We acknowledge the potential contribution that different religions and faith traditions can make toward a young persons spiritual growth, without...
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In this conclusion, we bring together the different threads to see where the investigation stands at the end of this work. As we said in the general introduction, the overall aim of this volume is to explore the proposition that religious education should be directed primarily (but not exclusively) toward the spiritual insofar as it is part of a fl...
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For over a decade, 50,000 Chinese students have come to study each year in the UK, and the majority of them have since returned and settled back in China. An understanding of their return journey and how relevant their overseas learning is to their home life and work environment is a key to the re‐visioning of the internationalisation of higher edu...
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In the context of increasing recruitment of overseas students by British higher education (HE) institutions, there has been a growing need to understand the process of students' intercultural adaptation and the approaches that can be adopted by British academic institutions in order to facilitate and support these students' learning experience in t...
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This article reports research into whole-person learning in a part-time MA in Education Studies programme in England. It examines and analyses teachers' reflection and narratives of writing learning biographies. The focus of the discussion is on the possibility of whole-person approach in postgraduate higher education through the lenses of emotions...

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to challenge the dominant culture of teaching to the test, to propose a sophisticated conceptual framework about the central place of relational process in education, to apply this perspective to the transformation of educational evaluation, to provide an effective antidote to the toxicity of high-stakes testing.
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to explore the notion of deep dialogue to understand how deep dialogue contributes to peaceful relations