Bergson and the Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics of Early Childhood Education and Care
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Returning to the origins of education, Becoming Pedagogue explores its role in today’s society by reuniting philosophy with pedagogy. It investigates the aesthetics, ethics and politics of childhood, education and what a teacher really does, enabling educators to define and perform their profession as per its historical and intellectual roots.
Reflecting on the practice, science and knowledge-tradition of pedagogy as well as abstract and formalist discourse at all levels, Olsson’s work evokes real and free aspects of educational experiences and events. Through a close reading of French philosopher Henri Bergson’s major works, historical and contemporary pedagogical resources as well as the pedagogy developed in the early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy, it develops a critical-cum-creative methodology that both analyses the present educational situation as well as creates new pedagogical alternatives.
Using brand new perspectives as well as practical examples of what teachers do, Becoming Pedagogue will provide students, educators and researchers tools for critiquing simplified ideas of what a teacher is as well as giving them inspiration to experiment with alternative ways of teaching.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Global Error 1. The Odour of a False Problem 2. Problems with Freedom Part II: The Great Oblivion 3. Science and Philosophy Revisited, Revivified, and Reunited 4. The Syntax and Grammar & Semantics and Sense of Pedagogy Part III: The Creative Contribution 5. Becoming Pedagogue: Intuition & Minor Method 6. Aesthetics, Ethics & Politics in Early Childhood Education & Care: Minor Gestures
Liselott Mariett Olsson is Associate Professor in Pedagogy in the Department of Childhood, Education & Society at Malmö University, Sweden. Her research revolves around early childhood education and care as well as continental philosophy and pedagogy; her works focus on the aesthetical, ethical and political dimensions of education.