What is human-centred education?

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Getting the most from life and educational pursuits is a goal for many. At Royal College we are committed to supporting our learners to do just that.

That’s why we take a human-centred education approach that focuses on developing the individual through empowerment and nurturing personal qualities, such as empathy, independence, creativity, self-reflection, adaptability and more. A human-centred education approach is an effective way forward expanding our learners’ knowledge and promoting personal development at the same time.

Using a human-centred education approach, we support learners to thrive personally, academically and professionally through their Royal College aged care training journey. Our human-centred approach is delivered alongside an in-depth and up-to-date course curriculum covering practical and theoretical learning, ensuring learners have the highest quality training available.

Understanding human-centred education

The name gives some insight into what a human-centred approach to education is all about. This style of education puts the individual at the centre of their own learning. To delve a little further into the theory of human-centred education, there are four key elements to understand: the aims of the training, the character of the training process, the nature of the learning and the needs of the learners.

The aims of the training: Training should aim to impart knowledge and practical skills, while also contributing to the development of the learner as a person.

The character of the training process: The training process should be valuable beyond its end result, encouraging learners to engage with the educational process and take ownership of the experience of learning rather than simply ‘getting to the end’.

The nature of the learning: Rather than simply acquiring knowledge and skills, a human-centred education approach extends the nature of the learning to incorporate personal development and a focus on soft skills that will support learners to flourish.

The needs of the learners: At Royal College we frequently communicate with learners to ensure our training meets their needs, including adequate support, engaging content and delivery, and accessible platforms.

Why we use a human-centred education approach

In a sector like aged care, interpersonal skills and human qualities are paramount. A workforce that is truly caring requires soft skills like empathy, compassion and communication to deliver quality care. Providing a human-centred education approach to those studying aged care means marrying the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge with these vital interpersonal skills and human qualities.

The success of our learners to reach their training and career goals and ultimately contributing positively to the aged care sector is our priority. These goals are intrinsically linked to personal goals, which is why a human-centred approach that centres around a learner’s wants and needs is so effective.

When a learner is given the encouragement to reflect on the learning material from a human perspective and explore their learning and how they connect to it on a personal level, they are in a great space from which to grow. Human-centred education enables learners to relate to their training in a way that makes learning the necessary skills and knowledge for their course come naturally.

Human-centered education in action: how we do it

A human-centred approach to education is incorporated into the aged care courses delivered at Royal College. We make sure that the learner as a person is at the forefront of their learning journey.

Our human-centred education approach develops and reinforces soft skills alongside practical techniques. A tangible example of the human-centred education approach is our practical placement logbooks, which encourage learners to reflect on their training and workplace experience as it happens. Learners self-assess their performance and track their progress, while also exploring how they may have demonstrated certain skills or qualities. This may be communicating effectively, working as a team, building relationships and more. The logbooks are an opportunity for the learner to gain deep insights from the practical application of their theoretical knowledge via focusing on essential soft skills.

A supported experience for learners

A human-centred education approach puts the learner at the centre of the training journey, but they’re not alone.

Our focus on learner success means that you, the learner, is at the centre of our teaching, and feel supported at every learning stage. Our learner success team provides support from the very beginning of your course right through to your successful completion of it. And even beyond that for your future training goals! It’s important for us to be there for our learners in the way that best suits their needs, commitments and preferences. That’s why our support is available via phone, email, text message, video call and face-to-face.

Our own Royal College team is supported with training to ensure they have the most up-to-date skills in fostering human-centred education, leading through compassion and supporting learners to get the most from their training.

Discover a learning experience that is designed around your goals and experiences. Reach your full potential with human-centred education with Royal College.

For more information or help with practical placement, we can help you out. Simply contact us today!


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