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Episode 187 - Carlo Ricci, "Doing the Research on Free-Willed Education"

Carlo Ricci is a full Professor at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, Graduate Studies. He founded and edits the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning (JUAL). He has published a number of books and articles. Among the books he has written, edited and/or contributed to are: The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have To Do With Learning? (2012); The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (co-edited with Pat Farenga - Episode 112) (2013); Turning Points: 35 Educational Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories (co-edited with Jerry Mintz) (2010); Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education (co-edited with Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko (2014). Holistic Pedagogy: The Self and Quality Willed Learning (Critical Studies of Education) 15th Edition, by Carlo Ricci (Author), Conrad P. Pritscher (Author); Homeschooling in New View by Bruce S. Cooper (Editor), Frances R. Spielhagen (Editor), Carlo Ricci (Editor).; Weigh and See: How I Lost 35 Pounds in 4 Months Paper by Carlo Ricci PhD (Author) (2016). Growing without schooling Volume 1 Issues 1-19: John Holt, Editor and Founder. HoltGWS LLC.

His research interests include Unschooling; Homeschooling; Holistic Education; Self-determined Learning; Free Schools; Democratic Schools; Online Learning; Technology and Learning; Play; Natural Learning; Curiosity; Willed Learning; the Willed Curriculum; Critical Pedagogy; and Healthy Living.

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"I call (this style of learning) willed-learning or willed-curriculum as well. From that, I'm interested in the unschooled perspective about freedom, responsibility, and genuine authentic learning. Where the learner actually gets to choose what to learn, where to learn, for how long to learn, whether to opt in or out, and it's really comes back to allowing people to unfold and to grow in very genuine, open, authentic ways." "And the hope is that each and everyone of us can make a difference. All we have to do is not worry about other people but worry about ourselves and worry about how we interact with (others). If you're a teacher, a student or young person but if you're not in the teaching field, just (how we interact with) other people in the world."

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