Participation as a property of a person. Anthropological roots of the participative education

Antonio Bernal Guerrero


The personal value of any human activity constitutes the base of any authentic participation which itself is bound to human dignity. The essence of the participation is the fact that a person who acts «together with others» takes part in the performance of the activity with others, but without losing the personal value of his or her proper action in the process. This is the approach adopted in relation to participation in the educational community; individuals who constitue this community act together, according to individual possibilities, in order to achieve common and individual self-fulfilment. Participation is not restricted to representation in the governing bodies of those educational centres. Participation should be present on the most basic levels of personal cooperation both during the arrangement and the performance of scholar educational activities.

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