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ERIC Number: EJ880752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Reviving Forgotten Connections in North American Teacher Education: Klaus Mollenhauer and the Pedagogical Relation
Friesen, Norm; Saevi, Tone
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v42 n1 p123-147 2010
Despite the dominance of instrumental, psychological approaches to educational theory and practice in North America, a different understanding of the value and dynamics of education is often articulated informally in cultural representations (e.g. fiction and feature films) and in personal recollections. This alternative understanding is one in which the personal characteristics of a teacher or professor, and the relation between student and teacher are often paramount. Through reference to existing research and to examples drawn from real-life practice, this paper presents a broadly existential and explicitly "relational way" of understanding education, or, rather, pedagogy. It gives special emphasis to the way that such an understanding has been articulated in the text "Vergessene Zusammenhange: uber Kultur und Erziehung" ["Forgotten Connections: On Culture and Education"] by Klaus Mollenhauer. The paper describes how the insights of Mollenhauer and other writers regarding an existential and relational pedagogy were translated and adapted for a North American course in teacher education, and how such a course can serve as an important ingredient in nurturing undergraduate students who are becoming teachers. (Contains 3 figures and 17 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America