1st Edition

Learning Beyond the Objective in Primary Education
Philosophical Perspectives from Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781032091945
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

Learning Beyond the Objective in Primary Education explores an existential perspective for pedagogy proposed in response to the current technocratic paradigm of education prevalent in many countries worldwide. This new perspective is termed ‘Bildung’s Repetition.’ The book seeks to encourage policy makers and educational practitioners to consider the impact of education on children, over and above the meeting of set targets and objectives.

Located in a philosophical framework, this book considers how children might learn authentically in the light of their own personal contingency. A series of case studies reflecting the effectiveness of this perspective through the curriculum is provided, each illustrating how ‘Bildung’s Repetition’ allows for personalized meaningful learning within current structures. Recommendations for practice are provided, encouraging all stakeholders in education to consider the value of this perspective, and effect a ‘ten-degree shift’ within educational thought.

This unique book fuses theory with practice, and will be of great interest to academics, researchers and students in the fields of primary education and teacher training. It will also be of interest to school leaders and practicing teachers.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: An overview of educational policy and practice

Chapter Two: Being and Other

Chapter Three: Bildung’s Repetition

Chapter Four: An existential perspective for the Curriculum

Chapter Five: Recommendations for policy and practice

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Ruth Wills is a part-time teacher in a primary school, an associate lecturer at Liverpool Hope University and a foster carer.