Relational Knowledge as a subject

Published: 2 January 2013

Relational Knowledge should be introduced as a new subject in school, suggests a researcher at Luleå University of Technology. If students achievement in school have to improve should not a sertain topic be studied harder, but the focus should be on creating good relationships.

- There needs to be allowed to thrive in school. Health improves learning and learning gives better health. It becomes a virtuous cycle.

Catrine Kostenius, researchers in the health sciences, emphasizes the estimate power and how the meeting between people is central to good learning. Confirmation and estimation is important to allow for creating good relationship. "Meet Me", "See, hear and respect me" and "Let me participate" are important building blocks for a good learning environment.

- People feel good when they are involved. The good meeting can take place when we appreciate and include each other. At school and kindergarten are our most important institutions in order to build our society and we need more time in school to create good relationships, says Catrine Kostenius.

Catrine Kostenius thinks that school overestimates hard data, such as number right on a math test, and underestimates the soft values ​​like good attachments affects our health and wellbeing. Therefore, she suggests that the relationship of knowledge introduced in primary schools as a separate subject.

  - How can you use knowledge if you feel bad? Do you feel good and feel appreciated, you have the opportunity to learn more and get use to your skills. The school can contribute at an early stage.

An appreciative approach involves consciously work on strengthen the close relations, student empowerment and self-esteem.

- To show appreciation is actually a useful tool for all professions where you work with people and can be used at an organizational-, team- and individual level. A greater focus on good relations people to learn, grow and thrive, says Catrine Kostenius.