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Learning Differences Conference 2013

Global Morfosis Model

Global Morfosis Model

The vision of ACS Athens is empowering students (young people) to transform the world as architects of their own learning with guidance by educators. This can be accomplished with the Global Morfosis Model.  This dynamic model consists of three inseparable, interconnected, and interrelated components:

  • the Educational Paradigm of Morfosis (Μόρφωση)
  • the i2Flex Methodology, and
  • the Aristeia (Αριστεία) Leadership Approach

The Educational Paradigm of Morfosis

The Educational Paradigm of Morfosis is based on three basic educational principles guided by Ethos*

  • Holistic: it means understanding and successfully combining the academic, emotional, physical, intellectual and ethical components to ensure a healthy, balanced individual
  • Meaningful: refers to being in line with ones principles and values, with one’s personal and professional goals.  The educational experience must be meaningful for the learner.  The learner should see it as part of his/her life and not in isolation of knowledge
  • Harmonious: refers to the idea that all human dimensions must be in harmony.  In other words emotions, intelligence and intellect must be harmonically integrated

The i2Flex Methodology

The i2Flex Methodology integrates student independent learning; internet-based learning that is guided and monitored by faculty enhanced with face-to-face learning.  

i2Flex integrates student independent learning; internet-based learning that is guided and monitored by faculty enhanced with face-to-face learning
The main goal that underlying the implementation of this learner-centered methodology in systematic, pedagogically sound ways, is the development of higher order cognitive skills as these have been specified in Bloom’s revised Taxonomy, within a learning design framework that is flexible regarding time, pace, place, and/or mode.   i2Flex aims at cultivating and expanding students' 21st century skills, while empowering them to function as architects of their own learning (per the ACS Athens’ vision), and at the same time facilitating their successful preparation for their higher education studies, as well as their future roles both as professionals, and global citizens.

The Aristeia Leadership

Aristeia Leadership is the evolution of the Innovative Leadership (which it was published, enhanced and defined by Dr. Gialamas in 2010, 2011, and 2014) which has been defined as the continuous act of effectively engaging all members of the institution (constituencies) while utilizing their differences, energies, inputs, and diverse qualities primarily for the benefit of the students, and also for all the other constituencies of the institution. This type of leadership has four dimensions:

  • Interpersonal: Inspiring all constituencies to strive for excellence
  • Setting standards: Establishing the standards for good conduct; serving as a model for meeting these standards
  • Serving humanity: Ensuring the emphasis of the education offered by the institution, is placed on the entire civic spectrum, while stemming from both social interest and commitment
  • Establishing a partnership between the leader and her/his leadership team. This partnership among other elements is based on common principles and values, complementary skills, clear authority and responsibilities and common vision.