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Phenomenology and Educational Theory in Conversation
Back to Education Itself

ISBN 9780367209889
Published July 1, 2020 by Routledge
284 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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.