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Learning as Calling and Responding
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2014 (English)In: Studies in Philosophy and Education, ISSN 0039-3746, E-ISSN 1573-191X, Vol. 33, no 5, 481-493 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to Martin Buber's philosophy of dialogue, our being-in-the-world is to be conceived of as an existential dialogue. Elsewhere, I have conceptualized the teacher-student-relation accordingly (see Jons 2008), as a matter of calling and responding. The conceptualization rests on a secularised notion of vocation, paving way for discovering, articulating and discerning pedagogical relations in a new way. In the present article, I take this conceptualization one step further, applying the concept of calling and responding to the pedagogical relation between a learner-might it be a student or a scholar-and the subject studied. The aim of the study is to afford a new way of conceiving the process as well as the outcome of learning. Thinking learning within the framework of calling and responding means understanding the learner and the subject as addressing and responding to each other. This means that predicaments of the subject-such as the truths that the subject holds and the anomalies it suffers from-address the learner in e g lectures, readings, theories, assignments, challenging the knowledge of the learner and in responding to this address, the learner in turn challenges the truths of the subject. By paying heed to, responding responsibly and challenging each other, the outcome of learning becomes a twofold phenomenon, namely both the learner and the subject reconstituting themselves, enlarged by the contribution of each other's mode of coming-into-presence.

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2014. Vol. 33, no 5, 481-493 p.
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Calling and responding, Learning, Philosophy of dialogue, Existentialism, Philosophical conceptualization
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107097DOI: 10.1007/s11217-013-9398-8ISI: 000339887000002OAI: diva2:743945


Available from: 2014-09-05 Created: 2014-09-03 Last updated: 2014-09-05Bibliographically approved

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