Gert Biesta

Gert Biesta
Maynooth University Ireland & University of Edinburgh · Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy (Maynooth) & Moray House School of Education and Sport (Edinburgh)

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Introduction
Maynooth University, Ireland & University of Edinburgh, UK; www.gertbiesta.com
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January 2019 - March 2020
Maynooth University Ireland & University of Edinburgh
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  • Professor

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Publications (391)
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Introduction: The return of perfectionism A case could be made that for a relatively long period in the history of the West, education was a luxury. The idea of paideia, which in ancient Greece stood for a process of broad cultivation of the human individual towards virtue (ἀρετή) and, more specifically, towards civic virtue, was, after all, only a...
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Some of the main goals that education strives to achieve are certification and socialization. To achieve these goals in the best interest of the individual and society is a demanding challenge for all involved. In what context is the certification going to be used? Into what society are those educated expected to socialize? Teacher education is at...
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Some of the main goals that education strives to achieve are certification and socialization. To achieve these goals in the best interest of the individual and society is a demanding challenge for all involved. In what context is the certification going to be used? Into what society are those educated expected to socialize? Teacher education is at...
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This paper is one of two which bring together leading educational researchers to consider some of the key challenges facing democracy and education during the twenty-first century, including rising social and economic inequality, political instability, and the existential threats of global pandemics and climate change. In this paper, key educationa...
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In this invited commentary for the special issue on ‘How built spaces influence practices of educators’ work: An examination through practice lens,’ I discuss how insights from the theory of practice architecture and the theory of practice ontology are helpful in exploring the complexities of educational practices, particularly with reference to th...
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In this editorial we explore how diversity might matter for educational research and educational practice. We highlight that diversity constitutes a value in itself and can be valued for its consequences. We suggest that valuing diversity doesn't mean that any diversity is simply acceptable. Diversity, so we argue, requires a criterion, and we sugg...
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Fifty years after UNESCO’s publication of Learning to be: The world of education today and tomorrow, the author of this article provides an assessment of this seminal report, commonly known as “the Faure report”. He characterises the educational vision of the report as humanistic and democratic and highlights its emphasis on the need for educationa...
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Esta entrevista arroja luz sobre varios desarrollos actuales que amenazan el «núcleo» disciplinario de la educación. Partiendo de la «configuración» continental del campo, Gert Biesta y Stefan T. Siegel argumentan que existen formas de teoría consideradas distintivamente educativas. Basándose en esta premisa, discuten por qué resulta tan difícil de...
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This interview sheds light on current developments threatening the disciplinary ‘heart’ of education. Taking a starting point in the continental ‘configuration’ of the field, Gert Biesta and Stefan T Siegel argue that there are forms of theory considered distinctively educational. Based on this premise, they discuss why defining educational theorie...
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Public education is not just a way to organise and fund education. It is also the expression of a particular ideal about education and of a par- ticular way to conceive of the relationship between education and soci- ety. The ideal of public education sees education as an important dimension of the common good and as an important institution in sec...
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Vijftig jaar huisartsopleiding – dat is 50 jaar onderwijs over alles wat toekomstige huisartsen moeten weten, kunnen, doen en zijn. Het doel daarvan? Leren. We zullen beargumenteren dat ‘leren’ geen handige term is als we willen beschrijven wat er nu eigenlijk tijdens de huisartsopleiding gebeurt. De preciezere taal van professionele vorming op 3 d...
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In this chapter I discuss recent transformations in higher education against the background of the history of the modern university. I focus on the idea of the ‘useful university’ as the manifestation of a university that is geared towards giving its stakeholders what they desire. I suggest how this ambition is part of a bigger tendency in modern s...
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No presente ensaio, o filósofo Gert Biesta aprofunda-se na análise das relações entre educação, aprendizagem e democracia. Sua abordagem teórica tem contribuído significativamente para as teorizações pedagógicas contemporâneas, tanto no Brasil, quanto no cenário internacional.
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Landelijk Symposium Cultuuronderwijsbeleid - 5 februari 2021 De aanleiding voor LKCA, de Boekmanstichting en de Erasmus Universiteit om samen dit symposium te organiseren is meerledig. Naast de dissertatie van Piet Hagenaars over het cultuuronderwijsbeleid van Den Uyl tot Rutte-III - Opdracht & Onmacht (2020) zijn er het Dashboard Bestuursakkoord...
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Issue: In medical education, teaching is currently viewed as an intervention that causes learning. The task of medical education research is seen as establishing which educational interventions produce the desired learning outcomes. This ‘medical model’ of education does not do justice to the dynamics of education as an open, semiotic, recursive sy...
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Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to...
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Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to...
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Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to...
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The centrality of learners and their learning in contemporary educational discourse and practice, seems to suggest that the self of the student should be at the heart of the educational endeavour. This is not just an educational programme, but actually an expression of a particular way of thinking about human beings and their position in the world;...
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This paper problematizes current thinking about education by arguing that the question of educational purpose is not simply a socio-political question concerned with what the ends should be and why, but can also be understood as a structural question, concerned with the way we understand education’s directional impetus. We suggest that it is possib...
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In this paper, the central findings of a research project into religious literacy are presented. This project sought to answer the question as to whether or not religious literacy can be a way forward for religious education (RE). Starting with the idea of ‘literacy’, dominant approaches religious literacy in the literature are examined. An educati...
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The question I address in this paper is to what extent the prevailing description of educational reality that can be found in contemporary research, policy and practice can be considered complete. The motivation for asking this question stems from an educational paradox to which I refer as the Parks-Eichmann paradox. This paradox has to do with the...
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Gert Biesta is one of the leading contemporary educational theorists. He was a keynote speaker at the recent ATEA Conference (July, 2019) at the Sunshine Coast in Australia and generously gave Stephen Heimans some time for an interview in which Gert talked about his latest work and the trajectory of his thinking and writing over his career.
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Introduction: The return of perfectionism A case could be made that for a relatively long period in the history of the West, education was a luxury. The idea of paideia, which in ancient Greece stood for a process of broad cultivation of the human individual towards virtue (ἀρετή) and, more specifically, towards civic virtue, was, after all, only a...
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In previous publications, Gert Biesta has suggested that education should be oriented toward three domains of purpose that he calls qualification, socialization, and subjectification. Many educators, policymakers, and scholars have found this suggestion helpful. Nonetheless, the discussion about the exact nature of each domain and about their relat...
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In many places around the world the modern school is under a relentless pressure to perform and the standards for such performance are increasingly being set by the global education measurement industry. All this puts a pressure on schools, teachers and students but also on policy makers and politicians, who all seem to have been caught up in a glo...
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In this chapter, Gert Biesta returns to the seminal work of Donald Schön on the nature and purpose of reflection amongst the professions. He argues that when asked to reflect on their practice, students of teaching too often simply report on what they already know about what they do rather than be open to reflection as a means of ‘shifting their pe...
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Markmið þessa ávarps er að tala um menntun án þess að beita „hentistefnu“ eða „hugsjónamennsku“. Markmiðið felur í sér umhyggju fyrir því sem gerir uppeldisfræði að sérstöku fræðasviði og hvað það er sem gerir menntun uppeldisfræðilega. Meðal annars veltum við fyrir okkur spurningum um hverjir möguleikar uppeldisfræðinnar séu innan menntastofnana o...
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Many policy makers and educational researchers seem to be convinced that teaching matters. Unfortunately, such a case for teaching and teachers tends to rely on a rather one-dimensional view of what counts in education – namely the production of measurable learning outcomes – and a rather mechanistic view of what counts as education – namely teachi...
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In this paper we explore the relationship between religious education and the public sphere, suggesting that religious education, if it takes its educational remit seriously, has to be orientated towards the public sphere where human beings exist together in and with the world. Rather than seeing religion as propositional belief, we argue for an ex...
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This is the final report of a literature review on religious literacy and education which we conducted for the Culham St Gabriel's Trust.
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This chapter offers reflections on the potential of the arts for navigating the complex realities of contemporary education, steering a course in between the Scylla of the high instrumentalization of the arts in education and the Charybdis of educational expressivism. The educational significance of the arts, and perhaps the educational urgency of...
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In this article we offer reflections on the final report of the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) that was published in England in 2018. We expose and problematise the prominent place of understanding in the report, not only as an educational method, but also the underlying world view of the report itself, a world view which we characterise...
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Las discusiones sobre educación a menudo están enfocadas en los propósitos que deberían lograrse o en los resultados que deberían producirse. En este artículo abordamos la cuestión del propósito de la educación de forma diferente, al preguntarnos en qué debería enfocarse el trabajo de los profesores y demás educadores. La respuesta que proponemos e...
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Discussions about education often focus on the purposes that should be achieved or the outcomes that should be produced. In this paper I approach the question of the purpose of education differently, by asking what the work of teachers and other educators should focus. The answer I propose is that this work is about arousing the desire in children...
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Time for ‘pedagogiek’: On the importance of ‘pedagogiek’ for teaching and education In this slightly edited version of my inaugural lecture, I try to show in three steps what the unique and distinctive contribution of ‘pedagogiek’ to the theory and practice of education consists of. I do this, firstly, by characterising ‘pedagogiek’ as an intereste...
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Uma das mais importantes dimensões do impacto da globalização nas políticas e práticas educacionais foi o aumento das medições comparativas em grande escala do desempenho dos sistemas educativos nacionais. Neste artigo, meu argumento é que em vez de esse desenvolvimento ter respaldado e promovido um debate acerca do bom ensino, essas medições subst...
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In contemporary societies there are many expectations about what schools should do. These include equipping children and young people for the world of work, turning them into democratic citizens, or bringing about a cohesive and inclusive society. What unites such expectations is that they all approach the school as a kind of instrument for solving...
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After ten years of publication of the “Manifesto for education” we can affirm that it did not seek to be a model for the future of education nor was it conceived to be, but nevertheless tried to express something “about” education and something “for” The education. In that sense, the “Manifesto” tried to express real and incessant concerns, for whi...
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Nas sociedades contemporâneas existem muitas expectativas sobre o que as escolas devem fazer. Estas incluem a instrumentalização de crianças e jovens para o mundo do trabalho, a sua transformação em cidadãos democráticos ou a criação de uma sociedade coesa e inclusiva. O que une essas expectativas é que elas se aproximam da escola como uma espécie...
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O ensaio baseia-se na interpretação de textos de Dewey e em parte da literatura secundária especializada. Defende a posição, não muito usual entre seus especialistas, de que não é a concepção política, mas a social e moral de democracia que sustenta o modo como o pedagogo americano pensa a relação entre democracia e educação. Este “primado moral” o...
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The issue of methodology is a fundamental concern for all who engage in educational research. Presenting a series of methodological dialogues between eminent education researchers including Michael Apple, Gert Biesta, Penny Enslin, John Hattie, Nel Noddings, Michael Peters, Richard Pring and Paul Smeyers, this book explores the ways in which they h...
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This study explores the teaching of common values in Europe, in particular democracy and tolerance - if and how they are addressed by EU Member States' official curricula for students in secondary education. The role of civil society and non-governmental organisations is also considered. Country chapters set out the situation in 12 EU Member States...
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Earlier this year I published a book with the title The Rediscovery of Teaching (Biesta 2017). In the book I make the case that teaching matters. But unlike a significant part of contemporary discourse, I argue against the idea that the reason why teaching matters is that it has the capacity for driving test scores in the narrow set of curricular s...
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The prospect of the Anthropocene is revisited in Chapter Twelve of ‘Art, Artists and Pedagogy’. Beier and Wallin repeat Deleuze’s observation that what we lack is a belief in the world. They delve into the premise of the world as it is already given, denying any variation in contemplating the future. In pedagogical terms they see this as curriculum...

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Develop a framework for the relation-centered education
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The project aims to analyze the way students shape themselves as citizens, through "acts of citizenship".