Open reading group on Gert Biesta and PPL: What is the educational task?
You are hereby invited to an open reading group on educational philosopher Gert Biesta’s latest book “The rediscovery of teaching” from 2017.
Biesta argues that teachers have gone from being “a sage on the stage” to become “a guide on the side” or even “a peer in the rear”, which makes him want to re-discover teaching in an age of ‘learnification’.
Participants will be asked to read selected chapters that we believe will help spark an interesting discussion on the educational task and how we practice Problem-oriented Project Learning (PPL) or other inquiry-based pedagogies.
The aim of this reading group is to look into some of the main points of Biesta’s book while at the same time connecting these ideas to PPL as it is conceptualised and practiced. In particular, the reading of Biesta will help to ask questions about how we define problems for inquiry and the role of students and university teachers in this.
The reading group will begin with a brief introduction to Biesta, then a discussion of the main points of the chapters we have read and finally a discussion of what this might mean for our own practices as educators.
Participants are required to read the following chapters in Gert Biesta’s book “The (re)discovery of teaching” (2017) (in total 33 pages):
- Prologue (The need for a rediscovery of teaching),
- Chapter 1 (What is the educational task?)
- Chapter 5 (Asking the impossible: Teaching as dissensus) and the epilogue (Giving teaching back to education).
The book is available in a free PDF-version through rub.ruc.dk (https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ep.fjernadgang.kb.dk/books/9781315617497)
No registration needed, just show up.
We look forward to seeing you!
/Simon Warren and Kasper Sørensen, on behalf of
Centre for Research on Problem-oriented Project Learning (RUC-PPL)