Pedagogy, praxis and practice-based higher education

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In this chapter, I first consider Pedagogyi as a discipline and tradition, and some of the various traditions that have existed within Pedagogy in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and into the twenty-first. Second, I consider the notion of praxis which, in the view of Marcus Aurelius (120-180AD), consists in acting for the good for the human community. If, on this basis, we can think of education ' and the old tradition of Pedagogy ' as being to prepare people to live well in a world worth living in, then we might think, on the basis of Stoic philosophy, for example, about preparing our students in higher education for living well ' as citizens and as professionals ' in a contemporary world worth living in. Once upon a time, before the Scholastics of the medieval era, education was always regarded as a preparation for life, not as a preparation for assessments, examinations and qualifications. In those days, education was always practice-based. My principal aim in this paper is to provide a particular kind of framework against which to understand 'Pedagogy' and 'praxis,' so that we might more richly understand practice-based education as a distinctive kind of Pedagogy, aimed at a particular kind of praxis in people's ordinary lives and in their professional practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractice-based education
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives and strategies
EditorsFranziska Trede
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789462091276
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Kemmis, S. (2012). Pedagogy, praxis and practice-based higher education. In F. Trede (Ed.), Practice-based education: Perspectives and strategies (pp. 81-100). Sense Publishers.