ERIC Number: EJ918517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Art, Politics, and the Pedagogical Relation
Ruitenberg, Claudia W.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v30 n2 p211-223 Mar 2011
In recent years the French philosopher Jacques Ranciere has addressed the predicament of artists and curators who, in their eagerness to convey a critical message or engage their viewers in an emancipatory process, end up predetermining the outcomes of the experience, hence blocking its critical or emancipatory potential. In this essay I consider Ranciere's writing on this topic and draw out the parallels with the predicament of teachers and curriculum designers who have critical and emancipatory objectives. The risk of education that strives for emancipation is that it can become so directive in steering students to the "right" outcomes that it does not leave these students any intellectual room. Ranciere's work is helpful in reminding us that teachers and curricula with explicitly critical, political, emancipatory objectives can defeat their own purposes and become stultifying if they do not leave the student room to use her or his own intelligence.
Descriptors: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Teaching Methods, Intelligence, Learning Processes, Criticism
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