Education as a Relational Process: A Case Study of Starehe Boys Centre and School, Kenya

By Peter Otiato Ojiambo.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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A common thread of relational theory is an assumption that education is a function of specific human relations and not certain behaviors. This is evidenced from most of the epic events of educational reforms in the 20th Century, which affirm that educational systems cannot be reconstructed by promoting any specific teaching or administrative practice. Most educational theorists agree that any educational process worthy its salt must endeavor to enhance relations in its teaching and learning endeavors. It is in this light that from its founding Starehe Boys Centre and School placed human relations as core to its administrative system. This paper examines the genesis of the theory of relations and its place in the education process, its effects on Starehe Boys Centre and School’s administrative system and emerging educational lessons from Starehe’s relational model. The paper contends that if relations are adequately utilized within the teaching and learning process they can alleviate various educational challenges. The paper demonstrates in depth that when relations are at the center of school management, the school flourishes and has possibilities of building an effective learning community that is close, whole, dialogical and engaging.

Keywords: Education, Relations

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.129-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.701KB).

Dr. Peter Otiato Ojiambo

Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies , Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

I am a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies and Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My educational background include: Bachelor of Education (specializing in Kiswahili and Religious Studies) and Master of Philosophy (specializing in Sociology of Education) from (Moi University, Kenya), Master of Arts in International Affairs (specializing in African Studies) and a PhD in Educational studies from (Ohio University). My research interests include: teaching theories, critical, historical and relational theory in education, school and society, historical and comparative education and teaching of African languages. I have written several papers on education, and my recent publication (book) is an educational biography entitled Teaching beyond Teaching: Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin and Starehe Boys Centre and School, 2008.

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