THE ICIS TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Each person has a unique talent and contribution make. It is the teacher’s role to find this special talent in the student and offer the tools and skills to support the expression of this.
Many of the ideas and new programmes in ICIS were developed in collaboration with partner organisations and individuals such as MADS, the Master of Sustainable Design in collaboration with the University of Lund, DEEDS with the four European partners, and SEED, a collaboration with Annelise Ryberg designing the framework and content for a sustainable folk high school.
Were the courses and programmes successful? Yes, they were (see below) and the methods and processes have today become increasingly mainstream as society is more aware of the importance of having a holistic approach to education whether for school children or leaders. The human aspect is becoming central to all teaching and learning. The human aspect is central to achieving sustainability.
Some people know from childhood exactly what they want to be and what they want to work with. Others find out along the way, searching here and there. Some find their right place early in their careers. Others, like myself, only get there later on in life. Finding that unique place or talent ensures a fulfilled or contented life where resistance, failure or adversity is then easier to overcome.
Education must be holistic, meaning that the whole person is included.
We are whole beings operating on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. It is important as a teacher to be aware of these levels and include them as much as possible when creating the learning environment.
It is important for the student to understand and relate to the world around her/him. To understand one’s role in a societal context.
Many people ask: What difference can I make, what is my role in life? I believe that whatever topic or subject you teach you should know its societal context, its importance and its impact. To understand the contribution that can be made and how it can influence the whole is an essential part of education.