30 SES 16 B JS, Public Pedagogy and Sustainability Challenges Part 2
Joint Symposium NW 13 and NW 30 continued from 30 SES 14 B JS
This symposium is organised by the scientific research network ‘Public Pedagogy and Sustainability Challenges’. The network brings together educational theorists, sustainability education researchers, political scientists and researchers in the field of sustainability transition governance from Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Ireland and South-Africa. They share an interest in the relation between education and societal transformation and want to deepen and widen the understanding of the public role of education in the face of sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary research collaboration. The aim of the network is to progress theory development and empirical research on public pedagogy with a focus on sustainability challenges and to address questions such as: How can education play a democratic role in addressing sustainability challenges? What are vital conditions or obstacles to make this possible? What does this imply for designing sustainability education practices? What are the theoretical, methodological and empirical implications of researching sustainability education as public pedagogy?
Working with these questions, three important considerations are taken into account: 1) Sustainability challenges are severe and urgently require radical action (e.g. IPCC, 2018); 2) Sustainability challenges can often be characterised as ethical and political challenges for which no clear-cut, uncontested solutions exist (e.g. Ashley, 2005; Van Poeck, Östman & Öhman, forthcoming) and 3) Education should not be reduced to an instrument to solve societal problems (e.g. Biesta, 2006; Säfström, 2011; Todd, 2011; Masschelein & Simons, 2013). The tension between these three assumptions bring about interesting issues for further conceptualising public pedagogy in the context of sustainability challenges. It raises questions as to what constitutes ‘the public’ in the face of sustainability issues, for instance, or what characterises public pedagogy as ‘pedagogy’ – and not, for example, communication or activism. The main challenge seems to be how to relate the key concepts ‘public’, ‘pedagogy’ and ‘sustainability’.
This symposium aims to progress the understanding of public pedagogy in the face of sustainability challenges by addressing key research challenges identified in this research network: the need for further conceptual clarification on the relationship between public pedagogy and sustainability issues, the need for empirical research on the topic and the need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. It is a symposium in two parts. This second part gathers contributions from Belgium, Sweden, Ireland and Denmark. Masschelein and Simons engage in a search for an alternative for the functionalist understanding of education as a defined practice – defined by what one knows and hence indicating what has to be learned – which is reflected, for example, in the UNESCO-document “Learning Cities and SDG’s”. They discuss concrete student work in various cities and draw on a text of Stengers to conceptualise university pedagogy as undefined study work. Bergdahl and Langmann take inspiration from the work of Arendt, Haraway and Todd to develop an educational language on sustainability challenges that takes the existential conditions of our living together on a damaged planet seriously. Lysgaard, Bengtsson and Säfström focus on what they call ‘the inherent excess of education’ to discuss how education always delivers something different than expected. Their paper rethinks education in order to forefront and grasp this inherent excess and how this relates directly to the inherent excess of sustainability issues.
Ashley M. 2005. Tensions between indoctrination and the development of judgement: the case against early closure. Environmental Education Research 11(2), 187–197. Biesta, G. 2006. Beyond learning. Democratic education for a human future. Boulder: Paradigm. IPCC 2018. Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Masschelein, J. & Simons, M. 2013. In defence of the school. A public issue. Leuven: E-ducation, Culture & Society Publishers. Säfström, C.A. 2011. Rethinking Emancipation, Rethinking Education. Studies in Philosophy & Education 30(2), 199–209. Todd, S. 2011. Educating Beyond Cultural Diversity: Redrawing the Boundaries of a Democratic Plurality. Studies in Philosophy & Education 30, 101–111. Van Poeck, K., Östman, L. & Öhman, J. (in press) Sustainable Development Teaching: Ethical and Political Challenges. London: Routledge.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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