Guattari's Ecosophy and Implications for Pedagogy

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This chapter discusses Guattari's ecosophy, placing his work within the extant literature on environmental education and science and technology studies; defining key terms and examining ecosophy as a philosophy radical and encompassing enough to make intelligible the dynamic connections between various fields of existence. It then offers a 'reading' of two different pedagogical strategies that have achieved a wide following in the last few decades: direct instruction, and critical pedagogy. Reading these pedagogies through ecosophy allows us to name more fully the troubling assumptions and lacunae of these pedagogical strategies. The chapter also explores connections between individuals, communities, practices, and the nonhuman (material) world. Finally, the chapter argues not only that education is a matter of connection to people and communities, but also that education involves an exploration and reimagining of our connections to things, processes, and living systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Imagining Relationships in Education
Subtitle of host publicationEthics, Politics and Practices
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118944707
ISBN (Print)9781118944738
StatePublished - Nov 17 2014


  • Critical pedagogy
  • Direct instruction
  • Environmental education
  • Guattari's ecosophy
  • Pedagogical strategies


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