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Välitalo, R. (2017) considering subject positions with biesta. Childhood and Philosophy, 13 (28), 557-566. doi:10.12957/childphilo.2017.29936

Considering subject positions with Biesta

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Author: Välitalo, Riku1
Organizations: 1Oulu University
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-03-16


People who attended the ICPIC conference last summer were given a opportunity to consider some perspectives offered by the acknowledged scholar and educational thinker, Gert Biesta. His presentation in Madrid focused on exploring the educational significance of doing philosophy with children from a particular viewpoint. Biesta addressed the question of whether Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement can offer something more than a clear head, that is, a critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinker. To get the message through, he analysed some wider patterns in the educational field, namely the rise of the language of learning in various educational environments. According to Biesta, this shift has created tendencies towards egocentrism in education. He articulated a subject position from which we can also start addressing the heart and soul of others. In what follows, I will explore this different take on positioning students basing on my reading of the scholarship of P4C and the talk of Gert Biesta accompanied with reading of his other works. I will offer a few views that seem to entail connections between the scholarship in P4C and Biesta. Furthermore, I will pose some questions the talk provoked.

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Series: Childhood & philosophy
ISSN: 2525-5061
ISSN-E: 1984-5987
ISSN-L: 2525-5061
Volume: 13
Issue: 28
Pages: 557 - 566
DOI: 10.12957/childphilo.2017.29936
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
611 Philosophy
Copyright information: Childhood and Philosophy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.