Future Pedagogies: Reconciling Multifaceted Realities and Shared Visions

Schweisfurth, M. (2020) Future Pedagogies: Reconciling Multifaceted Realities and Shared Visions. Documentation. UNESCO.

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Abstract

This background paper explores some of the tensions inherent in the visions of knowledge, participation and learner autonomy and freedom embedded in the Futures of Education documents. The normative positions about what education should be are in some ways at odds with the cultural pluralism and relativism also promoted by the Futures of Education. The paper situates this vision of education within the wider literature on learner-centred pedagogy (LCP) as a travelling policy, including some of the challenges faced in implementing it. The ‘pedagogical nexus’ of LCP embraces knowledge as fluid, and expects learner participation and learner autonomy; however, it is helpful to see these as questions of degree rather than absolutes. The background paper attempts to navigate these tensions in a way that allows ideals to be articulated while acknowledging that when they are contextualised in different settings their observable forms and philosophical underpinnings are likely to lead to variations in interpretation and practice. However, a rights-based perspective helps to establish some boundaries.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Documentation)
Additional Information:Background paper for the Futures of Education initiative.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schweisfurth, Professor Michele
Authors: Schweisfurth, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Publisher:UNESCO

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