Education’s not black and white, it’s vibrant grey

Nickless, S., Stoszkowski, J., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1968-5770 and Palmer, C. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9925-2811 (2015) Education’s not black and white, it’s vibrant grey. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Sciences, 9 (1). pp. 73-100. ISSN 1754-2375

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This paper offers a learner’s eye-view of a journey through education, written in an auto-narrative style. Sarah’s story spans from Secondary School to College and through University finishing at the point of Graduation. Revealed in this open and honest account is an insight to coping with home life whilst navigating the trials of the Education system. Sarah makes criticisms of her peers at every level reminding us how competitive some students have to be to get on and achieve success in their education. Critical judgements are also made about Sarah’s School teachers and University lecturers, which are at times as rewarding as they are uncomfortable, but always truthful. Consequently, there is much to learn by both academics and students from this sensitive and vulnerable personal revelation. Sarah’s evidence in turn points to some fundamental questions about the genuine outcomes of the Educational system, e.g. what are we actually teaching young people to be like? And do we like the product in terms of their values, beliefs and motives? A concluding message from Sarah’s perspective is that greater independence in learning, freedom in thinking and equipping people to reason, judge and make decisions in whatever realm, may be defining steps towards becoming educated.

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