Taking the Charisma Out: Teaching as Facilitation

Joseph A Raelin
  • Organization Management Journal, May 2006, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1057/omj.2006.3

What is it about?

The author provides a personal account of his transition from attempting to use charisma to transmit knowl-edge to students to removing it so that students can themselves experience knowledge as a basis for learning. Consistent with inquiry-based democratic pedagogy, the author demonstrates how he became more a facilita-tor of learning than its transmitter. He shows how putting charisma into unscheduled classroom inquiry rather than into the teacher’s delivery can produce knowledge collectively and concurrently co-constructed in service of action.

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