Phenomenology of teaching and learning; 6.12.2010, Stockholm

Phenomenology of teaching and learning

Workshop, 6th of December 2010
Arranged by Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University
Room ME 452

How do teachers and pupils understand the meaning of education and their own involvement in it? What is the subject’s perspective on her own educational processes? How can we understand education as self-formation and “Bildung”?

The purpose of the workshop is a discussion of the issues of teaching and learning from the perspective of phenomenology, hermeneutics and ethnology. Both perspectives take education to be a process of acquisition and mediation of meaning in concrete intersubjective situations rather than a transmission of information or knowledge. Education is a practice that takes place between subjects with certain expectations, moods, habits, dispositions, in certain historically, culturally, socially, intellectual formed situations. Yet, education as “Bildung” also focuses on the subject’s ability to (critically) transcend the pragmatic dimension. In this perspective, subjects are not only participants of practices, but are able to relate to them in a reflective way.

The workshop aims to establish a dialogue between philosophical approaches on the issues at stake and empirical studies that hermeneutically reconstruct concrete situation of teaching and learning (student essays, interviews). Discussing empirical material from an educational as well as a philosophical perspective, we want to contribute to an urgently needed mediation between educational practice and theory.

The workshop is s open to all interested parties. Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration is required (before 1 of December). For registration and further information please contact Eva Schwarz (


9.30-9.45    Welcome

9.45-10.15    “Phenomenology of teaching and Learning,” Eva Schwarz, Södertörn University

10.15-10.45    “Being and becoming through ‘Bildung’,” Jonna Bornemark, Södertörn University

0.45-11.00    Coffee break

1.00-11.30    “Being and becoming in the classroom,” Beatriz Linqvist, Södertörn University

11.30-12.00    “Passions of Wonder and Desire: Exploring the Conditions for Understanding and Learning,” Lisa Käll, Uppsala University

12.00-13.30    Lunch

13.30-14.30    “On didactical reconstructions of instructional appropriation,” Marion Pollmanns, Frankfurt University

14.30-15.00    Open Discussion

15.00-15.30    Coffee break

15.30-16.30    “Education and Transformations of Intergenerational Relations in Post-traditional Societies”, Tatiana Shchyttsova, Vilnius University

16.30-17.00    “Being and becoming a teacher,” Lotte Alsterdal, Södertörn University

17.00-17.30    Open Discussion