Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy

Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy

Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy

Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy

Synopsis

This book takes a close look at places of learning located outside of schools, yet deeply concerned with the experience of the learning self. It explores what it might mean to think of pedagogy not in relation to knowledge as a "thing made," but to knowledge in the making.

Excerpt

…what is it today to think or to imagine, to construct or to design, in relation not to “things made” but to “things in the making”? … To think about things in the making is … to think, and think of ourselves, “experimentally.”

-John Rajchman

What really exists is not things made but things in the making. Once made, they are dead….

-William James

Knowledge, once it is defined, taught and used as a “thing made, ” is dead. It has been forced to give up that which “really exists”: its nature when it is a thing in the making, continuously evolving through our understanding of the world and our own bodies' experience of and participation in that world.

When taught and used as a thing made, knowledge, the trafficked commodity of educators and producers of educational media, becomes nothing more than the decomposed by-product of something that has already happened to us. What has already happened was once very much alive: the thinking-feeling, the embodied sensation of making sense, the lived experience of our learning selves that make the thing we call knowledge. Thinking and feeling our selves as they make sense is more than merely the sensation of knowledge in the making. It is a sensing of our selves in the making, and is that not the root of what we call learning?

Places of Learning explores what it might mean to think of pedagogy not in relation to knowledge as a thing made but to knowledge in the making. By focusing on the means and conditions, the environments and events of knowledge in the making, it opens an exploration into the experience of

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