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Phenomenology & Pedagogy:
what’s the connection?
Norm Friesen
EDCP 585, March 4, 2015
M.J. Langeveld, 1983
• “human beings are not creatures of
necessity, but fundamentally open to
transformation.”
• Educatio...
There are many possibilities for the newborn
• These “possibilities arise from others, from our
contemporaries and predece...
These unreflected practices steer us toward…
• a reflective rethinking of this lifeworld, of this human
being, of this way...
Way of studying the lifeworld of pedagogy…
• In the West, this has been the lifeworld/human sciences
• To speak of the enc...
From lifeworld science to teacher practice
• Phenomenology can bring to our attention pathic
knowledge; it is:
• embodied,...
The mode of teacher action is tact
• A disposition; an attitude, a way of acting, a mood
• A way of being in the classroom...
Herbart: Pedagogical Tact
“In other words, by reflection, reasoning, inquiry…
the educator must prepare not his future act...
Herbart on Tact
• We must make it our business to free ourselves completely
from the influence of habit, from force of whi...
Herbart…
• …inevitably tact occupies the place that theory leaves
vacant, and so becomes the immediate director of our
pra...
A literal & metaphorical POSITION (Herbart, 1804)
• Sage on the Stage: a lecturer or teacher; “directive …presentation”
• ...
Four expressions of pedagogical tact (Muth, 1962)
• Protection of the distance necessary in the pedagogical relation
• the...
“As I am apparently absorbed in completely practical
concerns at the front of the class, my glance is actually
gliding acr...
Sources
• Herbart, J. F. (1802) Introductory Lecture to Students of
Pedagogy. http://blogs.ubc.ca/nfriesen/files/2015/03/H...
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Explores the relationship of phenomenlogy and pedagogy, and the role of pedagogical tact as a form of pathic knowledge and a bridge between theory and practice.

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Phenomenology & pedagogy

  1. 1. Phenomenology & Pedagogy: what’s the connection? Norm Friesen EDCP 585, March 4, 2015
  2. 2. M.J. Langeveld, 1983 • “human beings are not creatures of necessity, but fundamentally open to transformation.” • Education is social & cultural; Does not unfold through nature; occurs beyond it • Education: “the resolve to bring into being for the sake of this child and with the help of this child, all that is essential to its being human.”
  3. 3. There are many possibilities for the newborn • These “possibilities arise from others, from our contemporaries and predecessors.” • Realizing one or more of these “…calls forth the phenomenon of the helping relationship” between adult and child… • …which manifests itself in practical reasoning and acting in a multitude of social forms, documents, and institutional practices.”
  4. 4. These unreflected practices steer us toward… • a reflective rethinking of this lifeworld, of this human being, of this way of being in the world. • The consequences of education become consequences which are, or which are to become (for someone), the lived experiences of the lifeworld. • We need a way of studying the lifeworld, the helping relationship of “pedagogy” and its lifeworld consequences
  5. 5. Way of studying the lifeworld of pedagogy… • In the West, this has been the lifeworld/human sciences • To speak of the encounter does not mean that we meet “others,” but it means that we meet “each other” • phenomenology permits us an understanding of the lives of those for whom we bear pedagogic responsibilities. They did not ask for this life and, therefore, they are our task, our life. (this life not “natural,” but our culture)
  6. 6. From lifeworld science to teacher practice • Phenomenology can bring to our attention pathic knowledge; it is: • embodied, • actional, • relational, • situational • In the context of our pedagogic possibilities & re- sponsibilities, this pathic knowledge is enacted as TACT
  7. 7. The mode of teacher action is tact • A disposition; an attitude, a way of acting, a mood • A way of being in the classroom and with students • The OPPOSITE of: a set of instructions, only following a plan, what is fully conscious • Fills the gap between a plan, a lesson and its “execution” • Comes about NOT through planning and preparation (although these DO help), but through experience.
  8. 8. Herbart: Pedagogical Tact “In other words, by reflection, reasoning, inquiry… the educator must prepare not his future action in individual cases so much as himself, his tone of mind, his head as well as his heart, for correctly receiving, apperceiving, feeling, and judging the phenomena awaiting him and the situation in which he may be placed. If he has, in anticipation, indulged in extensive plans, the practical circumstances will mock him.” (1804)
  9. 9. Herbart on Tact • We must make it our business to free ourselves completely from the influence of habit, from force of which a father is inclined to repeat in his son the treatment he received from his father; • …a link intermediate between theory and practice. There is, to wit, a certain tact, a quick judgment and decision, not proceeding like routine, eternally uniform, but, on the other band, unable to boast, as an absolutely thoroughgoing theory should, that while retaining strict consistency with the rule, it at the same time answers the true requirements of the individual case.
  10. 10. Herbart… • …inevitably tact occupies the place that theory leaves vacant, and so becomes the immediate director of our practice. • One must tax not even one's memory to carry constantly the innumerable details which will require to be observed.
  11. 11. A literal & metaphorical POSITION (Herbart, 1804) • Sage on the Stage: a lecturer or teacher; “directive …presentation” • Guide on the Side: mentors, coaches, catalysts and guides (King, 1993) • Leading from afar (Herbart, 1804): • Well-timed, truthful and patient words • strength of conduct at the right time • Give the student security • then dare calmly leave him to his own development... • Often consists of holding back and waiting or maintaining a certain distance so that the student may act for him- or herself.
  12. 12. Four expressions of pedagogical tact (Muth, 1962) • Protection of the distance necessary in the pedagogical relation • the binding character of teacher speech, • the naturalness of teacher speech, • the prevention of harm to the child. Tact particular to instruction: • situational confidence, • dramaturgical capability, • a gift for improvisation, • Spontaneity: a willingness to engage in “free forms” of action.
  13. 13. “As I am apparently absorbed in completely practical concerns at the front of the class, my glance is actually gliding across the class, touching on each student.” “A thousand perceptions influence me from the borders of my conscious mind, and effect the momentum and shape of the lesson. My questions and answers, broadcast over all heads in the class, only increases the number of half-conscious impressions I have, and effect the logical development and methodical presentation that is the center of my awareness.” G. Kerschensteiner – 1921
  14. 14. Sources • Herbart, J. F. (1802) Introductory Lecture to Students of Pedagogy. http://blogs.ubc.ca/nfriesen/files/2015/03/Herbart-INTRODUCTORY-LECTURE-TO- STUDENTS-IN-PEDAGOGY.pdf • Kerschensteiner, G. (1921) Die Seele des Erziehers und das Problem der Lehrerbildung • Langeveld, M.J. (1982). Reflections on Phenomenology and Pedagogy. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/pandp/article/view/14870/11691 • Muth, H. (1962). Pedagogischer Takt.

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