Situated generalization with prototypes in dialogical teaching

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This chapter outlines situated generalization through the creation of a prototypical model of dialogical teaching practiced at a PhD course about identity formation, self-representation and self-exposure. A prototype is a singular practice (with its objects, premises, subject-positions, conditions and structures) modelled as relevant to a kind of practice. The idea of the prototype as situated generalization is philosophically rooted in an epistemology of practice, as read through German-Scandinavian Critical Psychology and Jean Lave’s social practice theory. We propose dialogical teaching by recounting how that was performed, articulated and reflected at the PhD course by students, teachers, and co-researchers as different from traditional university teaching. This is unfolded in several aspects: a) teaching is resituated as relevant to sociocultural change in which all participants are equally involved; b) texts are deconstructed as relevant to that process of change; c) participants – including Frigga Haug and Emily Martin who provided important inspiration – are multi-positioned as we meet on neutral ground and in movement; d) together, we make artefacts (including this text) with which we represent and recognize our selves as individuals and as collective; e) this implies co-creating ethics of care, overcoming the separation and externality of ethics from practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubjectivity and knowledge : generalization in the psychological study of everyday life
EditorsCharlotte Højholt, Ernst Schraube
Number of pages21
Place of publicationS.l.
PublisherSpringer
Publication year1 Nov 2019
Pages195-219
ISBN (print)978-3-030-29976-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29977-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
SeriesTheory and History in the Human and Social Sciences
ISSN2523-8663

    Research areas

  • Dialogical teaching, Situated Generalization, Prototype, Self-representation, Collective memory work, Reflevting team, Social practice theory, Critical psychology

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