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ERIC Number: EJ851229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Mutual Vulnerability: A Key Principle in a Humanising Pedagogy in Post-Conflict Societies
Zinn, Denise; Proteus, Kimberley; Keet, Andre
Perspectives in Education, v27 n2 p109-119 Jun 2009
In this article we argue that education in post-conflict and traumatised societies should be partly underpinned by the principle of "mutual vulnerability" as central to a humanising pedagogy. We explain the conceptual links between "reconciliation pedagogies", "mutual vulnerability" and "humanising pedagogies" and associate them with the broader framework of critical pedagogy. In the process of applying the principle of "mutual vulnerability", normative frames and human-default drives are unveiled and interrogated in an educational context of shared moderation, learning and critical self-reflection to create the space for renewed and meaningful teaching and learning. Based on this logic, we decode "mutual vulnerability" as a humanising pedagogical principle that is central to educational efforts aimed at reconciliation. We finally demonstrate how "mutual vulnerability" as a humanising pedagogical principle may steer educational practice in post-conflict societies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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