ERIC Number: EJ1062216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Pedagogy of Ignorance
Anwaruddin, Sardar M.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n7 p734-746 2015
In this article I discuss how Jacques Rancière's thought invites us to re-conceptualize the education-emancipation nexus. The primary goal of traditional approaches to emancipatory and anti-oppressive education has been to empower the oppressed so that the latter can (re)gain their voice and transform their situations. Building on Rancière's ideas, I argue that the processes of "empowering" the oppressed imply that one has the power to "empower" the other, and thus start with an assumption of inequality. I conclude the article with a call for a pedagogy of ignorance. Grounded in Rancière's thought, this pedagogy is ignorant of any division and hierarchy of intelligence.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Power Structure, Disadvantaged, Intelligence, Empowerment, Equal Education, Postmodernism, Educational Experience, Social Change
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