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Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change

«Bildung» through Academic Teaching


Edited By Lara Rodríguez Sieweke

The anthology departs from the fundamental idea that the university is deeply connected to the ideal of «Bildung» and to democratic values. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet today’s social, cultural and ecological challenges, then one has to take into account the different disciplines’ approaches to education. Thus, the featured proposals on school and university education come from diverse research fields such as general education, media education, art and aesthetic education, philosophy, ethnology, sociology, performance art and gender.

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Things That Matter: Acquiring Knowledge Through Self-Organized Artistic and Cultural Activities (Hanne Seitz)


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Hanne Seitz

Things That Matter: Acquiring Knowledge Through Self-Organized Artistic and Cultural Activities

Abstract: The following article1 presents the Young Tenants [Junge Pächter]: a political-activist project that gave youngsters and young adults from Berlin (for a limited period of time) vacant spaces to discover their artistic creativity and craftsmanship, and to practice cultural participation. In contrast to school or out-of-school activities, this project was totally self-organized and strongly based on informal learning. Only when asked did the International Youth, Art and Culture House Schlesische27 [Internationales JugendKunst- und Kulturhaus Schlesische27] – who launched the project – and mentors from various art and cultural institutions, give technical and artistic support.   The project was accompanied by action research (Altrichter et al.) and favoured an environmental approach to learning, hereby responding to current discussions about local educational landscapes (Mack) and communities of practice (Wenger-Trayner). The practice itself was understood as research, to be precise: as performative research (Seitz). Young people were regarded as co-researchers – capable of finding creative solutions for the problems that arose while working on their self-determined goals. They not only relied on their explicit knowledge but also gained from their tacit knowledge (Polanyi).   We live in a performance-based society. A wide rage of activities are steered by unconcious cultural motifs and affected by the expectations that are conveyed to individuals by people, and especially by the media. The participants of the project were keen and ambitious to perform, but their activities were also led...

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