Education seen as a curvy organism rather than a straight line and school as a fluid, morphing shape rather than a box – I propose the metaphor of an amoeba to define potential characteristics of education and encourage taking detours in educational processes.
Education is a type of organism which cells have the ability to alter their shape and appear in changing environments.
Educational cells are morphing their shape primarily by extending and retracting pseudopods.
Pseudopods are temporary arm-like projections which enable educational cells to move and be fed.
Pseudopods consist of and grow with bulges of knowledge formed by the coordinated action of people involved in education.
Educational cells typically are nourished by extending pseudopods to provoke encounters and discussions, and absorb information and knowledge.
The appearance and internal structure of pseudopods are used to distinguish educational cells from one another.
Education does not form a single taxonomic group; instead, alterations of it are found in every major lineage of society.
The size of educational cells is extremely variable. Due to their ability to morph and adapt, educational cells appear not only in schools and institutions, but also in other environments.
Educational cells have a porous permeable membrane which allows other perspectives and disciplines to pass into the cell.
These thoughts were triggered during Re-Editing Education: Design as Learning lab with Jan Boelen and Vera Sacchetti during Porto Design Biennale 2019.
Amoeba drawings ©2019 by the University of South Florida https://etc.usf.edu/clipart/