Receiving the Gift of Teaching: From ‘Learning From’ to ‘Being Taught By’

  title={Receiving the Gift of Teaching: From ‘Learning From’ to ‘Being Taught By’},
  author={G. Biesta},
  journal={Studies in Philosophy and Education},
  • G. Biesta
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • Studies in Philosophy and Education
This paper is an enquiry into the meaning of teaching. I argue that as a result of the influence of constructivist ideas about learning on education, teaching has become increasingly understood as the facilitation of learning rather than as a process where teachers have something to give to their students. The idea that teaching is immanent to learning goes back to the Socratic idea of teaching as a maieutic process, that is, as bringing out what is already there. Against the maieutic… Expand
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