Purposeful Decision Making for Relationship-Centred Education: Speech and Silence in University Classrooms

  • Leonie RowanEmail author


Educational environments are more likely to be experienced as places of freedom consistent with transformative, justice-oriented agendas if students—including those historically minoritised or marginalised by higher education—feel safe to contribute to conversations and welcome to explore the subject matter in ways that resonate with their own realities. This chapter identifies the features of learning environments that university students most commonly link to the belief that their voices can be heard, valued, and supported, even as they are challenged to think critically about challenging and confronting curriculum materials.


Higher education pedagogy Social justice Student satisfaction Student engagement Marginalisation Relationship-centred education Educational philosophy Student voice Popular culture Pedagogical decision making Real world scenarios 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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