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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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Sensitive Threshold – Awakening Aspects of the Corporeal-Auditive Reflexivity of Teenagers in the Classroom (Anja Kraus)


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Anja Kraus

Sensitive Threshold – Awakening Aspects of the Corporeal-Auditive Reflexivity of Teenagers in the Classroom

Abstract: This article refers to humanistic European pedagogy and didactics as an explicit normative framework for the modeling of classroom education. Departing from this approach while at the same time criticizing its normative frame, it will be argued that many relevant aspects of knowledge – that are decisive in our acting, intuitions, preferences, and decisions – defy articulation. As tacit dimensions, they influence the questions we ask; successful or failed learning processes; and precarious or promising personality development. Bodily phenomenological research explores these dimensions.   Making use of an example of art-based didactics, which follows the idea of phenomenological research in education, the question is raised as to how corporeality forms an integral moment of learning processes. Especially of interest is the reflexivity created in a specific art-based project space in terms of distinct learning effects. The project space in question is constituted by the interactive sound installation, Sensitive Threshold, which the author developed as a means of learning, didactics, and art-based research in order to explore the corporeal, auditive, and artistic modes of learning and reflexivity. The concept of Sensitive Threshold was influenced by the work of the author as a teacher at the Free Comenius School Darmstadt (grades 1–9) in 2003. This free school applies humanist pedagogy and didactics in the tradition of John Amos Comenius.

Keywords: Tacit knowledge, corporeal reflexivity, media, art-based research, art-based...

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