The interspecies educator's cybernetic world

Affifi Ramsey (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to interconnect pedagogy and biology via second-order cybernetics.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach taken is that of a synthesis.

Findings

Biology can better deal with intersubjectivity within and between species by incorporating approaches and theory from education inquiry. Conversely, educators can de-anthropocentrize their discipline by entering into learning relationships with other species. By rallying around the concept of “eduction”, second-order cybernetics plays a role in both syntheses.

Practical implications

De-anthropocentrizing education could have practical value in creating ecologically relevant education for children and in developing more integrated environmental impact assessments.

Originality/value

Finding convergence between the study of life and forms of practitioner inquiry in education research, and connecting these to the environmental movement.

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Citation

Affifi, R. (2014), "The interspecies educator's cybernetic world", Kybernetes, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 144-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2012-0080

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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