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Five Professors on Education and Democracy: Inaugural Lectures 1999-2003
Örebro University, Department of Education.
2004 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report brings together the inaugural lectures of the five professors at the Department of Education, Örebro University, from 1999 to 2003. The main aim of the collection is to show how a common interest in the relationship between education and democracy has united all these professors and created a specific environment for educational research. In the first lecture by Tomas Englund, from 1999, two strands of educational research are stressed, didactic research and philosophy of education. Members of the research group Education & Democracy are said to be united in a belief in education as an important and potentially significant force in the achievement of democracy, and the possible development of a deliberative attitude in education is underlined. Agneta Linné, who was appointed professor of education and didactic research in 2002, explores in her lecture education as a scientific discipline, using the concepts time and history, pedagogical space, narrative identity and narrative imagination. She raises the question of narrative perspectives and biography as potential tools for research on democratic dimensions of education. Bernt Gustavsson, made professor of education with a focus on democracy in 2002, analyses the never ending problem of the relation between the universal, for instance human rights as possible values for all, and the particular, in the form of the right of local communities and identities to their culture on the basis of recognition of difference. He underlines the potential of the hermeneutic tradition and how “bildung” may mediate between the universal and the particular. Gert Biesta, guest professor from 2001, argues in his lecture that we should understand democracy not only as a problem for education, but also as an educational problem in its own right. He proposes an educational definition of democracy as the situation in which all human beings can be subjects. Finally, Lars Løvlie, guest professor 2003–2004, also refers to the “bildung” concept, but introduces the concept of the body into what he calls “cyberbildung”, which does not break entirely with traditional aspects of “bildung”, but may even contribute to them. According to the phenomenological approach he sketches, there are no hard and fast walls between belonging to different worlds and being situated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Pedagogiska institutionen , 2004. , 128 p.
Series
Rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, Örebro universitet, ISSN 1650-0652 ; 8
Keyword [en]
inaugural lectures, educational research, didactic research, philosophy of education.
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-1464ISBN: 91-7668-411-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-1464DiVA: diva2:135061
Available from: 2007-08-09 Created: 2007-08-09 Last updated: 2016-10-18

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