Farewell to posterous blogs

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Starting from 30th of April this year you will not find my posterous blogs in their usual places anymore because posterous.com is being closed down. Therefore I will move the blogs Intuitive Pedagogy JournalIntuitions and Picking Apples away to next locations. The new spaces will be announced as soon as possible.

I thank you for reading and commenting my posts in posterous.com and look forward of meeting you already in my new spaces.
Warm regards,
Evelin:)

How to meet an online student?

Among many others I found an interesting blog of a teacher who is teaching online and offline classes about gender and race. Danielle Nielsen posted her thoughts with an interesting title that caught my eye –  “Responding to Online Students – How Do We Tell Them They’ve Made a Mistake?“.

ImageDanielle is troubled with her niceness and that she do not dare to tell her students then they are wrong. It is interesting! We as women have sometimes our special hidden agendas that can produce difficulties in social situations and therefore we learn to make these issues explicit… It is a great achievement of feminists to give us, women, a voice!  But Danielle`s pedagogical gendered reflective discussion opened also an other door (or some might even call it the Pandora´s box). This door is the next door from the one with the GENDER label and is called POWER issues in the classroom.

Somehow I have always considered it so obvious that these two doors are opening together, so if you open one of them, the other one opens automatically. It might not be the case at all! And that is something that interest me a lot. So, thank you for sharing your dilemma, Danielle!

I´ll post some parts of my comments addressed to Danielle here because I think that her dilemma is mirrored in many of our lives and experiences as teachers as well as learners and perhaps we can learn something from that.*

When I read your post I see that you are very conscious about the gender issues but it is much more difficult for you to explain the part of your work that has to do with learning/teaching. You would anyway prefer to continue to be a nice person that students like while you secretly plan turning them to the “right” direction. It is important that they are not attacking you while you do it…

Well, I do not think that we as adult educators need this pretended female niceness, it is not a kindergarten. Adults want to be met like grown ups who are capable of making their own decisions. If I talk to someone who is “totally wrong” (in my opinion:) then I just meet the Other in an open discussion. Honesty and authenticity is most vital when we would like our students to become independent and able to judge/think/decide by themselves. It does not matter weather you are working online of offline. 

It is always a question how to be able to meet with the students as equals in all different kinds of learning spaces but if you meet openness and genuine interest in mind so much (more!) can happen. Otherwise you just pass on what you know and that I find uninteresting. Can we even consider it as a real learning process? It might lack the creative power or inspiration for the students to continue with the topic or questions posed.

Of course if we just want to teach them ABC and then leave the space, then we can forget all about what I just wrote. But then we have not right to say that we love our students because it is just pretending… and they will notice it for sure.

You also write that we all want our students to “become something better than they are.”

I cannot agree to that. The students are as they are (each different and talented in their own ways) and it has nothing to do with good and bad… “We can grow together and learn so much from each other” is what we all want (both me and my students). 

To critically examine our basic assumptions about teaching and learning is the possible way out of the puzzle. There are many beautiful theories that combine gender, race and learning. For example if you read French thinker Jacques Ranciere. There was a special issue of “Educational Theory” in Nov 2012 about his ideas. It is very interesting …

With lot of love,

Evelin

*Since the discussion is already an open I did not ask for Danielle`s special permission to publish my post. I will remove my comments as soon as she notifies me.

Intuition and learning online #edmooc

I started to take MOOC (massive open online learning?) courses online. The first day of feeling like a fish in a sea is turned into a creative process of intuitively searching for meaningful meetings and materials, developing my own content and researching in world wide web.

I already found a new lovely concept rhizomatic learning that is closely connected to the concept I am most interested in and that is intuitive learning.  You can see a talk about rhizomatic learning by Dave Cormier online….

…or read some blogsposts about the afterthoughts of participants in his webinar (see for example Rhonda Jenssen`s blog for futher links).

But more than the big fuzz about MOOC, hundreds of thousands of new people, new concepts and ideas, I am interested in how digital era changes the human condition.

A while ago I wrote a poem and I still remember how the question about our humanity arrived to me in Marseille airport, France in 2011. I will post it here once more.

H U M A N    B E I N G

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

human beings are machines

 

What helps us to stay human in this high tech world? I think it is our spirituality. The human beings are not just material beings there is much more to us than the genes. Esa Saarinen talks about systems intelligence that is in his opinion connecting engineering thinking with human sensitivity (Saarinen ja Hämäläinen 2007)”

By Systems Intelligence we mean intelligent behaviour in the context of complex systems
involving interaction and feedback. A subject acting with Systems Intelligence engages
successfully and productively with the holistic feedback mechanisms of her environment. She
experiences herself as part of a whole, the influence of the whole upon herself as well as her own
influence upon the whole. By experiencing her own interdependence in the feedback intensive,
interconnected and holistically encountered environment, she is able to act intelligently.

I will continue my journey.  Or who knows perhaps I am just lost in the web forever… see you!

About the art of education

I wrote a short article inspired by meetings with Pär Ahlbom in Solvik while I was on my way from Järna, Sweden to Oslo, Norway. Unfortunately is the article in a secret language called Estonian and that language is been spoken only by one million people in the world. It is something unique and precious.

Anyway, since I do not usually translate my writings I have to take time and think about the topic in the nearest future also in English. Since I do not know when that time comes I decised to share my thoughts in Estonian here keeping in mind that there are also people who can understand that text.   

 

INTUITIIVPEDAGOOGIKAST EHK MIS ON KASVATUSKUNST
…teel Järnast Oslosse 13. september 2012

Üsna sageli öeldakse, et kasvatus on kunst ja teadus. Kasvatuse süsteemsest, kontrollitud ja teaduslikust poolest kõnelevad õppekavad, riigieksamite pingeread, metoodilised juhendmaterjalid ja ministeeriumi teadaanded. Kes kõneleb kasvatusega seotud vabadusest, mängulisusest, olemisrõõmust ja loomingulisusest, räägib koolielu päikselisest poolest?

Laste mängudes on „siin-ja-praegu“ tunne iseenesest mõistetav ja varjatud kavatsused puuduvad.  Juhul, kui meie harjutamine on kui mäng, siis astume sammu lähemale lapselikule vabale kohtumisele tegelikkusega ja tekib võimalus iseenda arusaamu ja hoiakuid kooli suhtes muuta.   

Pär Ahlbom Järnas 13. septembril 2o12.

Käesolevat kirjatükki inspireeris mind kirjutama kohtumine waldorfõpetaja, koolijuhi ja helilooja Pär Ahlbomiga Rootsist Solviki koolist. Meie vestlused on vahel kestnud tunde, aga teinekord pudeneb mõni väga sügav ja mõjus mõte lihtsalt hommikuse tervituse kõrvale. Kursustel enamasti Pär tegutseb – teeb igasuguseid mänge, harjutusi hääle ja hingamisega või koordinatsiooni, tähelepanu ja meelte arendamiseks, aga lahti seletab ta sellest vaid murdosa. Seetõttu olengi püüdnud tema sõnadeks vormitud mõttejuppe koguda ja mõnikord oma artiklitesse põimida. Minu lootuseks on, et ehk jääb mõnele nendest lausetest elu sisse ka siis,  kui ta ära tõlkida, paberile kirja panna ja seda kaudu teistega jagada.

Solviki kooli teeb eriliseks see, et algusest peale oli õpetajatel ja lastevanematel plaanis luua kool, kus traditsioonilist kooli nagu ei olekski. Täna on Solvik koht, kus puuduvad tunnikell, õpetajate tuba, lukustatud uksed, kandilised kõledad klassiruumid, sirged pingiread, kiirustavad, tõsised ja tõrjuvad täiskasvanud ning rõõmutu pilguga puised õpilased. Solvik on mehhaanilisusest ja bürokraatiast vabastatud kool, mis asub paigas, kus kohtuvad kaljud, põllud, metsad, meri ja inimesed. Õppetöö toimub sama õppekava alusel kui teisteski Rootsi waldorfkoolides ja vastab kooliameti nõudmistele kõikides punktides. Sealjuures on õpetajaskonnast veidi rohkem kui pooled mehed.  

Keskseid kujusid kooli tekkeloos ja arengus, Pär Ahlbom, on inimene, kes läbi aastate on Solviki õpetajaid-lapsevanemaid-lapsi inspireerinud ning toetanud. Tänaseks juba kaheksakümnenda eluaasta künnise ületanud mees on endiselt väga aktiivne õpetaja. Tema kogemustepagas ja teadmised muusikast, mängust, pedagoogikast, laste arengust, loovusest ja liikumisest on märkimisväärsed.

Kui Solvik kooli ajalugu ulatub 80-ndatesse ja on tihedalt seotud waldorfliikumisega Järnas, siis „intuitiivpedagoogika“ silt tekkis pealkirjaks Pär Ahlbomi ja Merete Lövlie täiskasvanute kursusele Saksamaal ja Hollandis. Ambitsioonikas sõnade konstruktsioon tekitab siiani elavaid diskussioone. Põhiliselt ilmselt seetõttu, et mõiste „pedagoogika“ omab erinevates kultuuriruumides sisuliselt erinevaid tähendusi[1] ja intuitsiooni käsitlemine on ratsionaalsest haridusdiskursusest sootuks välja tõrjutud.

Intuitiivpedagoogikast või „Solviki pedagoogikast“ on raske midagi paari sõnaga kirjutada, sest tegemist on tavapedagoogikast kardinaalselt erineva lähenemisega. Põhilisteks märksõnadeks, mida esiletõstaksin on: mäng, kehalisus, vaimsus, loodus, kommunikatsioon, loovus, autentsus, olemisrõõm ja otsustamisvabadus (autonoomia). 

Hiljutisest vestlusest Pär Ahlbomiga jäi kõlama mõte:

Liiga sageli kasutame valmismetoodikaid – seda kuhu peaksime ise välja jõudma –  sest tahame midagi kindlapeale kiiresti saavutada. Selle asemel, et riskides eksida otsiksime oma teed – seda mis teeb kasvatusest kunsti, muudab ta elavaks – lepime kohmaka kopeerimisega.

Minu arvates annab see mõte ilmekalt edasi tänapäeva ühiskonna kõige pakilisema küsimuse. Loovus ja julgus leida oma tee ei ole pelgalt koolide või õpetajate jaoks oluline teema, vaid see puudutab meid kõiki olenemata meie erialast või haridustasemest. Massiline valmiskauba, – teenuse, – meeleolu tarbimine on inimkäitumise ülimalt loomulikuks osaks muutunud. Meil  ei olekski justkui aega järele mõtlemiseks ja proovimiseks. Kõik peab tulema kohe, olema siin ja praegu kättesaadav, lihtsalt mõistetav, mõõdetav ja efektiivne. Selline kiirustamine ja loomingulise vabaduse puudumine aga tähendabki elurõõmu, elujõu kadumist.

Intuitiivpedagoogika kursustest

Intuitiivpedagoogika kursustel Rootsis Solvikis saab kolmeaastaste tsüklitena Päri Ahlbomi ja teiste kogenud Solviki õpetajate käe all õppida, kuidas jäljendamisest vabaneda ning leida üles mängulisus, loomisrõõm – julgus olla sina ise. Paljud eestlased on teekonna Rootsimaale korduvalt ette võtnud. Tänaseks on Eestis ehk paarsada inimest, kes intuitiivpedagoogikaga on rohkem või vähem tutvunud. Kõige enam on olnud inimesi, kes on seotud Eesti waldorfkoolidega, aga osalenud on ka ärimehi, koolitajaid, muusikuid jt.

Septembri viimasel nädalavahetusel on Solviki õpetajad Pär Ahlbom, Sinikka Mikkola (Werbeck-laul) ja Merete Lövlie (maalimine) esimest korda üheskoos Eestis. Ilmselt on paljud intuitiivpedagoogikast või Solvikist üht-teist kuulnud. Nüüd on huvilistel võimalik mängudes, harjutustes ja vestlustes ise osaleda. Intuitiivpedagoogika kogukonnale Eestis annab see võimaluse taaskord kokku saada ja üheskoos harjutada.      

Eestis Tartu Maarja Koolis 28. – 30. Septembril, 110 eurot, irene.sargla@gmail.com
Rootsis Solvikis 22.- 25. November, 31.01 – 3.02, 11.-14.04, 29.07-4.08, info@intu.se

 

Loe lisaks
www.intu.se Intuitiivpedagoogika koduleht
evelintamm.posterous.com Intuitiivpedagoogika päevik inglise, rootsi ja saksa keeles
evelintamm.blogspot.com Kirjed, põhiblogi eesti keeles

Evelin Tamm on Oslo Rudolf Steineri Kolledzi magistrikursuse õppejõud, Solviki lapsevanem ja IP kollegiumi liige


[1] Rootsis on kasvatusteaduste osakonna asemel ülikoolides pedagoogika osakonnad, kooliajaloo õpikute tiitliks kirjutatakse pedagoogikaajalugu. Sõna „pedagoogika“ tähendus on palju laiem, kui meie saksa ja nõukogude traditsioonist pärit pigem üld-didaktika valdkonda puudutav arusaam. 

avaldatud kodanikuuudiste portaalis kylauudised.ee  

What is intuition? Collected concepts

Since I am working on my doctoral thesis, I have put together a summary in a table format. There you can find some reference to who have thought and written about intuition before you and me. The list is long and I´ll be filling it more and more in the future. Please feel free to comment and share you insights, I am sure there are many links missing here…

Author Definition/Explanation
Plato (428–345 BC) ** There is four kinds of knowledge: imagination, persuasion, discursive knowledge and intuition. Through intuition, knowledge is completed and the individual gains insight into the world of ideas which Plato perceives as the supreme kind of knowledge.
Rene´ Descartes (1596–1650) ** Individual receives knowledge about simple, obvious truths through intuition. He considers intuition a spiritual insight.
Bauch de Spinoza’s (1632–1677) ** Knowledge moves from experience over to intuition. The intuition results in an insight that the world is rationally organized, that it consists of a systematic entirety. Intuition goes beyond the borders of discursive thinking since it with one single gaze understands what is essential. When the individual, by way of intuition, sees himself as necessary in this entirety, he is filled with intellectual love for God.
John Locke’s (1632–1704) ** We gain knowledge about the simplest relationships between simple ideas through intuition. Complex ideas, on the other hand, require discursive evidence and have to be connected to the intellect. Locke perceives intuition as knowledge about these simple relationships.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) ** Knowledge is reached if these simple concepts or truths are reached by way of intuition. Complex concepts and judgements can later be built on this basis.
Friedrich Wilhelm Josef Schelling’s (1775–1854) ** System of thoughts moves from a simple sensation to a high spiritual activity. According to Schelling, this supreme activity appears in the creative activities of the artistic genius. This artistic intuition is similar to the intuition a philosopher applies in his work. Intuition as a spiritual insight, a work of the soul.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) ** There is a foundation of metaphysical knowledge when while watching we are able to gain knowledge about ‘the thing itself’ in a direct intuition. While experiencing our own body, we experience an object which also is a subject. As every other perception, the body is extended in time and place as a link in a chain of reason. We experience, however, that our bodily movements are expressions of our own will. According to Schopenhauer, we can understand that this will is our innermost essence in a direct intuition. Hence, we may conclude that other objects also are objectives of a fundamental will. Schopenhauer perceives intuitive knowledge as an experience of what can be sensed here and now (Schopenhauer, 1992). It concerns direct knowledge as opposed to reasonable knowledge which employs abstractions.
 Larsson (1892, 1909,1912) ** Intuition is characterized by synthesis and summarises manifoldness in oneness. Intuitive thinking follows the rules of logic and is opposite to discursive thinking
Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) ** The so-called intentionality is a fundamental feature of every conscious act. That means we can differentiate between the conscious act itself and what it is directed towards in every case. Husserl believes he has come to this conclusion by way of the so-called looking at the essence, with which he claims it is possible to exceed the actual existing acts, and by using our imagination we can vary these until we reach a point where variation no longer is possible. Husserl points out that there exists an insight into a necessity of essence at this very point. He claims that this knowledge of essence is intuitive in character. The task of phenomenology is to reach this intuitive security through a methodic and gradual reduction. According to Husserl, intuition results in a security we experience when knowing there is a total agreement between what we mean withsomething and the way in which the thing is given (Kitaro, 1986; Levinas, 1995). Intuition is a term for knowledge of the essence indicating an extended understanding of experience of the directly given.
Bertil Hammer (1877–1929) ** The first Swedish professor in pedagogy from 1910 to 1929 (Kroksmark, 1991), challenged the prevailing scientific methods (Hammer, 1909) and claimed that with intuition as method, reality is not exclusively quantitative. Instead Hammer argues for a more down-to-earth and intuitive pedagogy (Kroksmark, 1989) and wants to apply intuition with a methodic purpose.
Christian von Ehrenfels (1859–1932) ** An entirety of something takes shape as more than the mere sum of the individual components. All the characteristics of this entirety cannot therefore be reduced to the individual components. We gain access to this entirety by way of intuition. Ehrenfels understands intuition as experience of the objects in their entirety.
Henri Bergson (1859–1941)** Describes a methodic experience of the directly or immediately given in its entirety as opposed to abstract divided thinking. Intuition is a methodic experience of the directly given in its entirety.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Intuition is for thinking what observation is for the percept. Intuition and observation are the sources of knowledge.
Jung (1933: 567–568)* Psychological function transmitting perceptions in an unconscious way
Wild (1938: 226) * An immediate awareness by the subject, of some particular entity, without such aid from the senses or from reason as would account for that awareness
Bruner (1962: 102) * The act of grasping the meaning, significance, or structure of a problem without explicit reliance on the analytic apparatus of one’s craft
Westcott & Ranzoni (1963: 595) * The process of reaching a conclusion on the basis of little information, normally reached on the basis of significantly more information
Rorty (1967: 204) * Immediate apprehension
Dewey (1958:266) Intuitive insight is the meeting of the old and the new in which the readjustment involved in every form of consciousness is effected suddenly by means of a quick and unexpected harmony which in its bright abruptness is like a flash of revelation. (Harlan 1986:1)
John Landquist (1881–1974) ** Intuition is an absolutely simple act (Landquist, 1971;Kroksmark, 1989). He who understands by way of compounding and synthesis, does not understand simple matters. The act that understands what is simple must be simple itself. Landquist’s opinion about this point is closely related to Bergson’s (Ahlberg, 1951).
Bruner (1977:13) Intuition is the intellectual technique of arriving at plausible but tentative formulations without going through the analytic steps by which such formulations would be found to be valid or invalid conclusions.(Harlan 1986:1)
Bowers, Regehr, Balthazard, & Parker (1990: 74) * A preliminary perception of coherence (pattern, meaning, structure) that is at first not consciously represented but that nevertheless guides thought and inquiry toward a hunch or hypothesis about the nature of the coherence in question
Shirley & Langan-Fox (1996: 564) * A feeling of knowing with certitude on the basis of inadequate information and without conscious awareness of rational thinking
Simon (1996: 89) * Acts of recognition
Hammond (1996:60) Intuition as a “cognitive process that somehow produces an answer, solution, or idea without the use of a conscious, logically defensible step-by-step process.“ (Epstein 2010:296)
Shapiro & Spence (1997: 64) * A nonconscious, holistic processing mode in which judgments are made with no awareness of the rules of knowledge used for inference and which can feel right, despite one’s inability to articulate the reason
Burke & Miller (1999: 92) * A cognitive conclusion based on a decision maker’s previous experiences and emotional inputs
Policastro (1999: 89) * A tacit form of knowledge that orients decision making in a promising direction
Lieberman (2000: 111) * The subjective experience of a mostly nonconscious process—fast, alogical, and inaccessible to consciousness—that, depending on exposure to the domain or problem space, is capable of accurately extracting probabilistic contingencies
Raidl & Lubart (2000-2001: 219) * A perceptual process, constructed through a mainly subconscious act of linking disparate elements of information
Hogarth (2001: 14) * Thoughts that are reached with little apparent effort, and typically without conscious awareness; they involve little or no conscious deliberation
Myers (2002: 128–129) * The capacity for direct, immediate knowledge prior to rational analysis
Kahneman (2003: 697) * Thoughts and preferences that come to mind quickly and without much reflection
Johansson, Kroksmark (2004) Teachers intuition-in-action is characterized by a certain kind of presence (intentional and situative), it is direct, immediately given and continuous activity to make sense of time sensitive complex dynamics of classroom experiences.
Sinclair (2005:1) Intuition is a non-sequential information processing mode, which comprises both cognitive and affective elements and results in direct knowing without any use of conscious reasoning.
Dane and Pratt (2007:33) Affectively charged judgments that arise through rapid, nonconscious, and holistic associations
Epstein (2010:304) Intuition is neither magical nor mystical. It is simply the recovery outside of awareness primarily of tacit information acquired from experience or, less often, responding to entirely new situations according to the principles and attributes of the experiential/intuitive system.
Betsch (2011:4) Intuition is a process of thinking. The input to this process is mostly provided by knowledge stored in long-term memory that has been primarily acquired via associative learning. The input is processed automatically and without conscious awareness. The output of the process is a feeling that can serve as a basis for judgments and decisions.

*  after Dane and Pratt 2007:35  ** after Johansson ja Kroksmark 2004

I have already found some new research materials that I am currently working on. If you have good links or hints, please leave a comment. I would be most grateful. I am especially interested in intuition in connection to education.

Some weeks ago I started a professional discussion group Intuition and Learning in the network called LinkedIn. Feel free to sign up if you would like to get involved. Within the first two days there were already 16 persons from different countries who have signed up. By now there are more than 40 persons. Some are scientist, some teachers, but all share interest in intuition and its connection to learning.

Ps. While referring to this table do not forget to mention the origial sources and this page.

Originally published at Intuitions in June 4th 2012.

Phenomenology of Intuition

Books

One of my questions is how to study such a complex phenomenon like intuition. There are numerous definitions and theories. Some are philosophical and very hard to crasp, others are simpler and easy to follow, like in cognitive science or in management studies. You can take a look at the complex field of understandings from the list of concepts and descriptions about intuition I made a few days ago.

One of the possible paths taken by some educational researchers, like Johansson and Kroksmark (2004) as well as Ruth-Sahd and Tisdell (2007), is a phenomenological inquiry.

Max van Manen, a well known phenomenologist in education, has said that

phenomenologists are mainly interested in how people experience the world

This quotation is from an article he wrote in 2002 with the title “Researching the experience of Pedagogy“.

I think that this is only admirable when people share their articles and materials online. It is how I consider the Academia should be acting, instead of hiding the information and selling it to a high price, the research outcomes should be shared to people interesed  in learning and getting to know things. In that respect van Manen is a good example of how you can do it.

While searching for materials about phenomenology, I also came across an online database called Phenomenology onlineSeems that  van Manen and the online resource about phenomenology are connected, this is what I came about while reading the online biography of van Manen.

There has been a journal that is now online and open access Education and phenomenology journal also conneted to the two previous sources.

van Manen has also written about practice and its phenomenology:

Phenomenology of practice is formative of sensitive practice, issuing from the pathic power of phenomenological reflections. Pathic knowing inheres in the sense and sensuality of our practical actions, in encounters with others and in the ways that our bodies are responsive to the things of our world and to the situations and relations in which we find ourselves.

by Max von Manen (2007:11) in The Phenomenology of Practice

I should also mention that Phenomenology, as a methodological path, has deep roots in history of philosophical thought. There are names like Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau Ponty and others. Thick books filled with difficult concepts and thoughts to grasp…

From this historical tradition of thought, I have just received two examples of readings, that are here in front of me at the moment. I would of course like to cover these sometimes in the nearest future. But it is summer, you know… so I make no final promises just yet.

Martin Heideggers Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression, English translation from 2010.

Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression is a crucial text for understanding the early development of Heidegger’s thought. This lecture course was presented in the summer semester of 1920 at the University of Freiburg. At the center of this course is Heidegger’s elaboration of the meaning and function of the phenomenological destruction. In no other work by Heidegger do we find as comprehensive a treatment of the theme of destruction as in this lecture course. Culminating in a destruction of contemporaneous philosophy in terms of its understanding of ‘life’ as a primal phenomenon, this lecture course can be seen to open the way towards a renewal of the meaning of philosophy as such. /short introduction from google.books.com/

Emmanuel Levinas The Theory of Intuition in Husserl´s Phenomenology. Second Ed. originally from 1930 and my version to English first in seventies.

Emmanuel Levinas discusses the aspects and functions of intuition in Husserl´s thought and its meaning for philosophical self-reflection. An essential and illuminating explication of central issues in Husserl`s phenomenology.
/short introduction from the back of the book/

That is just a starting point of my journey and you are welcome to join in reading my posts here and at “Intuitions“. You may also want to be involved in the discussions that are taking place in LinkedIn group called Intuition and learning or read about the not so theoretical at all Intuitive pedagogy course at Solvik Sweden that took place between the 30th of July and 5 of August.

All suggestions for further materials and readings are welcome as  comments or to my e-mail tammevelin@gmail.com.

IP. Past, present and future.

Intuitive pedagogy summer week at Solvik ended in the 5th of August. About 200 people from more than 13 countries took part in this beautiful week of exercising, singing, painting, talks and playing with Pär, Merete, Iris, Robert and many others. Thank you for the meetings and your participation! Thank you, Maarja, for the wonderful pictures! 

For some years there has been regular open meetings at Solvik, Järna Sweden, for teachers, parents and others interested under the title “Intuitive pedagogy course“. Last spring gave Pär Ahlbom an interview to the German Waldorf Journal “Erziehungskunst”. In the article “Learning like children” published in June he explains some of his ideas about this special approach to teacher and parent education. Today there are many people who like to talk about what intuitive pedagogy really means or what it is and some of these discussions took also place during our meetings in Solvik this summer.

I made a small collection of Maarja´s photos about Pär´s games that make it possible for us to learn to be as creative and free as children. You can take a look at it Intuitive Pedagogy Journal homepage.

In addition to Pär, Iris and Merete we had some new teachers in Solvik this time. Robert (living as an artist in Berlin) was doing an artistic mixture of exercises that I would call “A study of social and inner transitions”. I visited his group several times and found his work to be very inspiring indeed.

Mona was doing Werbeck song and primary music exercises. I wrote about it already in some of my earlier posts here and elsewhere.

Käty and Holger were experimenting with sand and kitchen tools. Regina painted and Elisabeth made handcrafts with children and their parents.

Even though there is more and more happening in the written world of pedagogy, most of what Pär, Merete, Sinikka and others related to IP do, can be grasped best by experiencing and exercising. This is probably why my notes here at this page are quite short.

Next meetings to play, sing and paint together are already taking place in Autumn. In Solvik the next course is between the 22 to 25 November. You can sign up or ask for more information by sending an e-mail toinfo@intu.se.

In addition to courses in Sweden there is also lot happening in other countries. Pär, Merete and Sinikka are doing their first joint course in Estonia, Tartu during the last week-end of September. I know there are still some space for those who are interested. For more info write to irene.sargla@gmail.com.

In Germany the new three years long IP course starts already in October. In 19th to 21st of October we will also have a painting class with Merete in Czech “Picking Apples meet precious Prague.

Pictures by Maarja Urb
From Intuitive Pedagogy Journal