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    The three gifts of teaching: Towards a non-egological future for moral education

    Biesta, Gert (2021) The three gifts of teaching: Towards a non-egological future for moral education. Journal of Moral Education, 50 (1). pp. 39-54. ISSN 0305-7240

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    The centrality of learners and their learning in contemporary educational discourse and practice, seems to suggest that the self of the student should be at the heart of the educational endeavour. This is not just an educational programme, but actually an expression of a particular way of thinking about human beings and their position in the world; a way of thinking which, after Levinas, I characterise as egological. In this paper I explore an alternative approach that centres on the suggestion that everything begins with what is given to us, rather than what is claimed, constructed or interpreted by us. I explore this philosophically through a discussion of ideas from Jean-Luc Marion around the phenomenon and phenomenology of ‘giveness’. I connect this to a critical discussion of the role of learning in education and explore three ways in which teaching manifests itself as a gift that occurs beyond learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Biesta, G. 2021, "The three gifts of teaching: Towards a non-egological future for moral education", Journal of moral education, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 39-54.
    Keywords: Teaching; givenness; Jean-Luc Marion; moral education; learnification;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 17512
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    Depositing User: Gert Biesta
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2023 13:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Moral Education
    Publisher: Routledge
    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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