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1st Edition

The Rediscovery of Teaching

ISBN 9781315617497
Published May 25, 2017 by Routledge
122 Pages

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Book Description

The Rediscovery of Teaching presents the innovative claim that teaching does not necessarily have to be perceived as an act of control but can be understood and configured as a way of activating possibilities for students to exist as subjects. By framing teaching as an act of dissensus, that is, as an interruption of egological ways of being, this book positions teaching at the progressive end of the educational spectrum, where it can be reconnected with the emancipatory ambitions of education. In conversation with the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Paulo Freire, Jacques Rancière, and other theorists, Gert Biesta shows how students’ existence as subjects hinges on the creation of existential possibilities, through which students can assert their "grown-up" place in the world. Written for researchers and students in the areas of philosophy of education, educational theory, curriculum theory, teaching, and teacher education, The Rediscovery of Teaching demonstrates the important role of teachers and teaching in the project of education as emancipation towards grown-up ways of being in the world.

Table of Contents



Prologue The need for a re(dis)covery of teaching

Chapter 1 What is the educational task?

Chapter 2 Freeing teaching from learning

Chapter 3 The rediscovery of teaching

Chapter 4 Don’t be fooled by ignorant schoolmasters

Chapter 5 Asking the impossible: Teaching as dissensus

Epilogue Giving teaching back to education



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Gert J. J. Biesta is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the Department of Education of Brunel University London, UK.


"This book is an essential read for anyone interested in the philosophy of education, education theories or the important role of the teacher. As someone new to philosophy I was challenged by the terminology, but recognized and agreed with many of the ideas and arguments presented."—  Wendy Coley, inTuition (Society for Education & Training)