Relationships Between Carl Rogers’ Person-Centered Education and the Community of Inquiry Framework: A Preliminary Exploration

Karen Swan, Cheng-Chia Brian Chen, Denise K. Bockmier-Sommers


The research reported in this paper explored links between the work of Carl Rogers on person-centered education and the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework which posits a model of supports for social collaborative learning. Findings suggest significant links between the Rogerian constructs of level of regard and empathy and the CoI concept of teaching presence. The findings suggest avenues for future research and practical ways for enhancing teaching presence in online courses.


Community of Inquiry framework, Carl Rogers, person-centered education, empathy, high regard, teaching presence

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