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John Benedicto Krejsler

Seize the opportunity to think differently! a Deleuzian approach to unleashing becomings in education

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If the purpose of philosophy is creating concepts that make it possible to think differently, education surely needs philosophical assistance. Sketching a Deleuzian approach to education, this article explores a practice of thinking about and performing ‘school,’ ‘teacher,’ and ‘learning’ differently.
A complex social situation such as a school needs routines and clear role expectations, to ensure efficient action. How do we resist, nonetheless, that concepts aimed at thinking education just redouble an already existing practice by submitting to explain everyday and policy-induced practice.
Suggesting an understanding of theory and the construction of concepts as a much wider endeavor, the article introduces concepts such as strata, Bodies without Organs, order machines, and desire. With reference to education, it hints at a creative endeavor to explore potential lines of flight, and exploit cracks and inconsistencies in current school regimes, when they no longer appear appropriate. In this spirit, the ‘competence nomad’ is proposed as a conceptual persona that may help thought to connect and plug into new becomings, by means of alternative tactics in current learning environments that are already heavily traversed by existing schooling order machines.
TidsskriftEducational Philosophy and Theory
Sider (fra-til)1475-1485
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 2016

Bibliografisk note

John Benedicto Krejsler is Professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University (Copenhagen). His research comprises ‘New conditions for (pre-)school and teacher education – in a transnational perspective’ which combines three major themes: the transnational turn in education policy; evidence (conditions for producing ‘truths’ about ‘what works’ have changed) and social technologies (procedural technologies to make education measurable and comparable as well as responsive to complex and diverse societies). J.B. Krejsler aims at mapping as well as creating language to contesting current developments in education with an affirmative critique that critiques as well as struggles to map potentials. He works theoretically with empirical material (policy material as well as ethnographic studies) drawing on Foucauldian, post-Foucauldian, Deleuzian and other inspirations.
J.B. Krejsler sits on the boards of the Nordic Educational Research Association as well as the European Educational Research Association, and has recently been visiting scholar at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)(2015) and visiting professor at Kristianstad University in Sweden (2009-2010).


  • Deleuze, disciplinary school machine, post-disciplinary school machine, competence nomad, art of caution, Pædagogisk filosofi

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