1st Edition

Phenomenology and Educational Theory in Conversation Back to Education Itself

Edited By Patrick Howard, Tone Saevi, Andrew Foran, Gert Biesta Copyright 2020
    284 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Phenomenology and Educational Theory in Conversation challenges the abstract-technical understanding of education to orient the reader to the importance of relationality, intersubjectivity, and otherness to renew and reclaim the educational project.

    This book treats education as a matter of existence, relationality, and common human concerns. It offers readers an alternative language to reveal and challenge the humanistic encounters that often disappear in the shadows of neoliberalism. The phenomenologists, and educational theorists featured here, offer insights that connect fully and concretely with the everyday lives of educators and students. They offer another language by which to understand education that is counter to the objectifying, instrumentalist language prevalent in neoliberal discourse.

    This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the fields of pedagogy, phenomenology, educational theory, and progressive education.

    Part 1: On Education


    Chapter 1: On the givenness of teaching: Encountering the educational phenomenon
    Gert Biesta

    Chapter 2: Uncovering what educators’ desire through Kierkegaard’s loving phenomenology
    Scott Webster

    Chapter 3: Approaching education on its own terms
    Joris Vlieghe & Piotr Zamojski

    Chapter 4: Pedagogical Practice
    Andrew Foran

    Part 2: Children, Adults, Voice and Agency


    Chapter 5: More Than Measurement: Education, Uncertainty and Existence
    Peter Roberts

    Chapter 6: Paulo Freire and Living a non-Neoliberal Life in Education
    Walter Omar Kohan

    Chapter 7:  A Phenomenology of Reading: Textual Technology and Virtual Worlds
    Eva-Marie Simms

    Chapter 8: Reality testing subjectivity, naivety and freedom – on the possibility of educational moments
    Tone Saevi

    Part 3: The Existentials


    Chapter 9: Bildung and Embodiment: Learning, practicing, space and democratic education
    Malte Brinkmann

    Chapter 10: Time, Individuality, and Interaction: A Case Study
    Herner Saeverot & Glenn-Egil Torgersen

    Chapter 11: The school building and the human: An intertwined relationship
    Eva Alerby

    Chapter 12: Active and Interactive Bodies
    Stephen J. Smith

    Chapter 13: "Awakening to the World as Phenomenon": The Value of Phenomenology for a Pedagogy of Place and Place Making
    David Seamon

    Chapter 14: From Kairos to Chronos: The Experience of Lived Time in Education
    Erika Goble

    Chapter 15: Educational possibilities: Teaching toward the phenomenological attitude
    Marcus Morse & Sean Blenkinsop

    Part 4: To Have Been Educated


    Chapter 16: Deceptively Difficult Education: a case for a lifetime of impact
    Alan Bainbridge

    Chapter 17: Education as Pro-duction and E-duction
    Stein M. Wivestad

    Chapter 18: Focal Practices and the Ontologically Educated Citizen
    Dylan van Der Shyff

    Chapter 19: Between Having and Being: Phenomenological Reflections on Having Been Educated
    Patrick Howard



    Patrick Howard is Professor of Education at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is co-editor of the open access journal Phenomenology & Practice.

    Tone Saevi is Professor of Education at VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway. She is the main editor of the open access journal Phenomenology & Practice.

    Andrew Foran is Professor of Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. He is co-editor of the open access journal Phenomenology & Practice.

    Gert Biesta is Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professorial Fellow in Educational Theory and Pedagogy, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, UK.