Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures by Jennifer M. Gidley


  • Helen E Lees Newman University


Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy


This book intrigued me from the start. The title did not relay to me immediately the subject matter—the futures of education; the ways in which education can see itself for now, and especially the future, though a lens of new consciousness, understood as non-linear and non binary. Holistic visions, if you like. So in postformal education as phrase we have a rather new domain for the everyday educationist: one replete with views, perspectives, ideas that are not every-day because our current everyday functions with “hyperrationality,†whilst this book says this era of human existence is at an end. Also, of course it is not every-day because the book focused on the day to come rather than the day we have. I had to work hard to get my head into the idea that education can speak like this: using Jean Gebser, Edgar Morin, Ron Miller (and so many other men- where are the women I ask? They form a mere...


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