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Many educational practices are based upon ideas about what it means to be human. Thus education is conceived as the production of particular subjectivities and identities such as the rational person, the autonomous individual, or the democratic citizen. Beyond Learning asks what might happen to the ways in which we educate if we treat the question as to what it means to be human as a radically open question; a question that can only be answered by engaging in education rather than as a question that needs to be answered before we can educate. The book provides a different way to understand and approach education, one that focuses on the ways in which human beings come into the world as unique individuals through responsible responses to what and who is other and different. Beyond Learning raises important questions about pedagogy, community and educational responsibility, and helps educators of children and adults alike to understand what a commitment to a truly democratic education entails.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594512346
ISBN-10: 1594512345
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor Gert Biesta

Gert J.J. Biesta is Professor of Professor of Educational Theory and Policy at the University of Luxembourg, and Editor of Studies in Philosophy and Education. He is the author of Beyond Learning and co-editor of The Philosophy of Education.

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