'It's all about relationships': Hesitation, friendship and pedagogical assemblage

Sellar, Sam (2012) 'It's all about relationships': Hesitation, friendship and pedagogical assemblage. Discourse, 33 1: 61-74. doi:10.1080/01596306.2012.632165

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Author Sellar, Sam
Title 'It's all about relationships': Hesitation, friendship and pedagogical assemblage
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2012.632165
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 61
End page 74
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the relationships between hesitation, friendship and pedagogy. It develops three main arguments: (a) first, that feelings of hesitation can unsettle our self-assurance in what we know, activating new problematics; (b) second, that this unsettling may become pedagogical under certain conditions; and (c) third, that friendship provides such conditions, potentially spurring creative processes of thought and learning. In response to secondary school teachers’ claims about their teaching and relationships with students, the paper employs hesitation as a methodological strategy for thinking beyond established understandings about pedagogy. The concept of pedagogy as assemblage is elaborated, drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, and friendship is then conceived as a joyous encounter and mode of intellectual hospitality. These concepts enable description of the affective contexts in which the destabilisation of knowledge about ourselves and our worlds might provoke learning, in response to problems that are newly sensed in hesitation.
Keyword Pedagogy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Education and the politics of becoming

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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