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My Teaching, My Philosophy

Kenneth Wain and the Lifelong Engagement with Education


John Baldacchino, Simone Galea and Duncan P. Mercieca

My Teaching, My Philosophy brings together twenty of the most prominent thinkers on education, philosophy, art, and literature to converse with Kenneth Wain and the many facets of his work. It shows how Wain’s passionate engagement with various issues, most prominently philosophy and education, continues to re-generate new ideas and thoughts through his philosophical method. This book gives Wain’s philosophy the attention it deserves and succeeds in continuing an open-ended philosophical conversation with its readers. My Teaching, My Philosophy is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a snapshot on the most recent thinking on philosophy of education.
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2. Revisiting “Lifelong Learning” 13 Years after the Memorandum

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In academic year 1979–1980, Professor Kenneth Wain introduced me, as well as many other prospective teachers at the University of Malta, to the concept of lifelong education. He delivered an entire unit centering on this subject; he had made this his area of research specialisation at the time, resulting in both a PhD thesis and subsequently an acclaimed book (Wain, 1987). It struck me as being a novel way of looking at the entire complexity of education from “cradle to the grave,” to appreciate the variety of other sources of learning that lie within our midst. Much emphasis was placed on conceiving of the school as an important agency for the preparation of students as lifelong learners, as people being prepared to take charge of their own present and future learning. Little did I anticipate then that this concept would soon start being used by politicians as a means of engaging the emerging doxa and that its variant, lifelong learning, was to become the most widespread term centering on education and training today. It seems to have acquired the status of a “master concept” for educational policy in many parts of the world.

I wrote the first draft of this piece, in honour of Professor Wain, a friend, former teacher, and colleague for the last 23, 10 years after the publication of the European Union (EU) “Memorandum on Lifelong Learning.” Lifelong ← 25 | 26 → learning became part of the doxa that dominated the past decade and led to...

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