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Relational BeingBeyond Self and Community$
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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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Education in a Relational Key

Education in a Relational Key

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(p.240) 8 Education in a Relational Key
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Relational Being
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Kenneth J. Gergen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.003.0009

This chapter examines emerging pedagogical practices and their potentials. It argues that educators should shift their attention from the individual student to the nexus of relationships in which education occurs. It first considers the aims of education and argues that, because all knowledge is a communal creation, education is more fruitfully conceived as a process for enhancing participation in relational process. It then turns to educational practices that reflect, sustain, and advance productive forms of relational being. More specifically, it discusses a range of relationships, such as between teachers and students, among students, and between the classroom and the world outside. In each case, practices that link excellence in education with excellence in relationship are explored.

Keywords:   relationship, education, relational process, relational being, teachers, students, classroom, knowledge

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