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What is Educational Praxis? (2020)

Mahon, K., Heikkinen, H. L. T., Huttunen, R., Boyle, T., & Sjølie, E. (2020). What is Educational Praxis?. In K. Mahon, C. Edwards-Groves, S. Francisco, M. Kaukko, S. Kemmis, & K. Petrie (Eds.), Pedagogy, Education, and Praxis in Critical Times (pp. 15-38). Springer . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6926-5_2

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All authors or editors: Mahon, Kathleen; Heikkinen, Hannu L. T.; Huttunen, Rauno; Boyle, Tess; Sjølie, Ela

Parent publication: Pedagogy, Education, and Praxis in Critical Times

Parent publication editors: Mahon, Kathleen; Edwards-Groves, Christine; Francisco, Susanne; Kaukko, Mervi; Kemmis, Stephen; Petrie, Kirsten

ISBN: 978-981-15-6925-8

eISBN: 978-981-15-6926-5

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 15-38

Number of pages in the book: 193

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Singapore

Publication country: Singapore

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6926-5_2

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This chapter explores the question “What is educational praxis?” based on a review of theoretical and empirical research undertaken by the Pedagogy, Education and Praxis (PEP) international research network over the past decade. A book series produced by the network in 2008 explored this very question in relation to a range of educational sites and national contexts. Six key themes emerging from this work were outlined in the first of the books in the series, Enabling Praxis: Challenges for Education. In short, the themes concerned agents and agency; particularity; connectedness; history; morality and justice; and praxis as doing (Kemmis and Smith in Enabling praxis: challenges for education. Sense, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2008b). Using these six themes as a point of departure, we present a view of educational praxis as a kind of educational practice that is informed, reflective, self-consciously moral and political, and oriented towards making positive educational and societal change; it is context-dependent and can therefore take many forms. We also explore the forming, self-forming, and transforming nature of educational praxis and explain its relevance at a time when instrumental, managerialist, and neoliberal rationalities continue to dominate global and local education narratives.

Keywords: educational science; philosophy of education; pedagogy; education and training; practice

Free keywords: educational praxis; education; praxis

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Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 2

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