Month: April 2013

Observation 4 by Carroll and Andra Smith

In trying to grasp Mason’s understanding of education as the science of relations we are met with her profound views of observation and its essential interconnectedness with real knowing and relationship.  In past blogs I have pondered some ideas about observation, especially in the natural world and then in the last blog, Anna and I tried to lay some foundations about understanding observation by exploring the relationship between the observer and the observed.  This relationship goes beyond that of gathering empirical data, or of amassing knowledge to exert power, or using the observed.  Mason’s expanded view of observation involves the person as a whole in a deep, interactive, experiential, caring relationship with the observed.  It is this kind of observation that enables us to know personally and care deeply and I hope to peel back some layers of what it means to have relationships by considering three different examples relating to a household object, language development, and nature study.  Before continuing, let me note that I do not mean to imply this kind of relationship …