The interspecies educator's cybernetic world

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to interconnect pedagogy and biology via second-order cybernetics.

Design/methodology/approach
The approach taken is that of a synthesis.

Findings
Biology can better deal with intersubjectivity within and between species by incorporating approaches and theory from education inquiry. Conversely, educators can de-anthropocentrize their discipline by entering into learning relationships with other species. By rallying around the concept of "education", second-order cybernetics plays a role in both syntheses.

Practical implications
De-anthropocentrizing education could have practical value in creating ecologically relevant education for children and in developing more integrated environmental impact assessments.

Originality/value
Finding convergence between the study of life and forms of practitioner inquiry in education research, and connecting these to the environmental movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalKybernetes
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Education
  • Learning
  • Environmental education
  • Relational pedagogy
  • Ecology
  • Biocybernetics
  • Interspecies interaction
  • Interspecies
  • curriculum
  • Second-order cybernetics
  • Philosophy of education

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