ERIC Number: EJ1039371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
"Upbuilding Examples" for Adults Close to Children
Wivestad, Stein M.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v32 n5 p515-532 Sep 2013
Both in formal situations (as school teachers, football trainers, etc.) and in many, often unpredictable informal situations (both inside and outside institutions)--adults come close to children. Whether we intend it or not, we continually give them examples of what it is to live as a human being, and thereby we have a pedagogical responsibility. I sketch what it could mean to let ourselves "be built up", in a Kierkegaardian sense, on the foundation of unconditional love, presupposing that this love is possible for "all" human beings. Kierkegaard's "Upbuilding discourses" invite each reader to engage in a dialogue with the possibilities in the text. Thereby the reader may become aware of his or her present situation in life and see possible alternatives. These discourses or "talks" ("taler" in Danish) exemplify a manner of indirect communication which perhaps may be transferred to encounters with works of art in general: How could I let examples in literature, pictures, films and music invite and challenge me--to ask myself who I am right now and who I ought to be? My aim is to present an alternative to the instrumental advices that adults are given today. I attempt to clarify the leading concept "upbuilding examples", sketch the difference between upbuilding, education and Bildung, refer to works of art that seem to have upbuilding possibilities, and consider why upbuilding examples should be studied and how they could be studied in small self-governed groups of adults.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Individual Development, Adults, Children, Discourse Analysis, Role of Education, Reader Text Relationship, Art, Literature, Photography, Films, Music, Aesthetics
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