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    Experimentation in Institutions: Ethics, Creativity, and Existential Competence

    O'Donnell, Aislinn (2018) Experimentation in Institutions: Ethics, Creativity, and Existential Competence. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37 (1). pp. 31-46. ISSN 0039-3746

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    The existential, experiential, ethical, pathic and pre-pathic dimensions of education are essential for the creative composition of subjectivities in institutional spaces, yet educational research and policy tend increasingly to privilege technical discourses and prescriptive approaches both when evaluating ‘what is effective in education’ and when determining educational policy. This essay explores those aspects of the educational experience and educational institutions that are often felt and sensed pre-cognitively by students, parents and teachers, but are seldom given further elaboration or articulation in educational research. We will reflect on what is meant by the experience of education and experience in education, including the struggles to make sense of or understand something, the surprises that strike pre-reflectively, and the ways in which such moments are noticed, pursued, and explored rather than reflexively ‘evaluated’. We then explore the idea of experimentation in institutions, in particular in relation to the range of concepts that Jean Oury introduces in order to move our attention and awareness to questions of experience, existence, atmosphere, and the pathic—the way in which we undergo, sense and participate in the world prior to cognition and the desire for mastery and control of our encounters. Finally, we address the question of the ethics of institutions.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Creativity; Experimentation; Educational experience; Institution; Existential competence; Singularity; Ethics; Jean Oury; Pathic; Guattari; Deleuze
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 11416
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    Depositing User: Prof Aislinn O'Donnell
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 17:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Philosophy and Education
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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