The Provincial Centre invites reflections from those who have engaged in the pedagogist orientation to make visible their experiences. Shared here are the first of many snapshots from pedagogists who have been impacted by experiences of becoming a pedagogist.Continue reading “Pedagogist Reflections: “Snapshots” from the Network”
“What is pedagogy?”
I am often asked this question, and often my first impulse is to want to hide from it. I think this is because I am aware of the very complex layers of meaning and the historicity that one will need to engage with and take up, particularly if one considers that this question is being asked within the Canadian context—and, even more specifically, within that of early childhood education. In my hesitation, I also wonder if we as educators are willing to engage with such layering of meaning and historicity. After all, the question is not “How might we begin to think of pedagogy?” What is pedagogy? risks evoking a requisition for a definition, and therefore a foreclosure of pedagogical thought from the start. Herein is the bind of the question “What is pedagogy?” Perhaps sharing its contextual difficulties, its inherent foreclosures, is the best place to start. As, when learning to speak another language, we are invited first to say that we cannot speak it.
Welcome to the “Reflections” space of the Provincial Centre of Excellence website.
This space shares the reflections of Centre-affiliated educators, scholars, and others to offer thoughts on early childhood pedagogies. These reflections are provocations intended to help us listen and question beyond what we already know.Continue reading “What are we reflecting on?”