The New Significance of Learning: Imagination's Heartwork / Edition 1

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Should education be understood mainly as a practice in its own right, or is it essentially a subordinate affair to be shaped and controlled by a society’s powers-that-be?

What difference does it make if students are chiefly viewed as recipients of a set of skills and knowledge, or as active participants in their own learning?

Does education have a responsibility in cultivating humanity’s maturity, or are its purposes to be effectively matched to the functional requirements of a globalized age?

The New Significance of Learning explores these and other high-stakes questions. It challenges hierarchical and custodial conceptions of education that have been inherited as the ‘natural order’ of things. It discloses a more original and imaginative understanding of educational practice, illustrating this understanding with frequent practical examples.

Among the merits highlighted by this approach are:

  • a recognition that education is first and foremost an invitation to join a renewed experience of quest and disclosure;
  • a realisation that taking up and pursuing such an invitation is a basic right, as distinct from a privilege to be bestowed or withheld;
  • an awareness of the decisive importance of specific kinds relationships in practices of teaching and learning;
  • an emphasis on the human qualities as well as the intellectual achievements nourished by dedicated communities of learning;
  • an acknowledgement of partiality – of incompleteness and bias – in even the best of humankind’s learning efforts;
  • the emergence of a distinctive ethical orientation for education as a practice in its own right.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Its (the book) articulation of values and challenges central to imaginative practice makes an original and carefully constructed contribution to a field in urgent need of such deeper explorations.' - Mark Fettes, Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2011
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415549677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pádraig Hogan is Senior Lecturer in Education at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: EXPLORING EDUCATION AS A PRACTICE 1. The Harnessing of Learning – older and newer reins 2. A Postmodern Debility 3. The Integrity of Educational Practice 4. Disclosing Educational Practice from the Inside 5. Opening Delphi 6. Eros, Inclusion and Care in Teaching and Learning PART TWO: EXPLORING UNDERSTANDING IN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 7. Understanding in Human Experience 8. Cultural Tradition and Educational Experience 9. Giving Voice to the Text 10. The New Significance of Learning 11. Neither Born nor Made: The Education of Teachers 12. Imagination’s Heartwork

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