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Education and Well-Being

An Ontological Inquiry

Authors: Dewar, Matthew D.

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  • Explores the philosophical commitments driving contemporary educational research
  • Addresses the tradition of phenomenological research in education and curriculum studies
  • Draws from the author's own experiences in education studies 
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This book explores how contemporary educational research and curriculum occlude the vital and enduring relationship between education and well-being. Beginning with the consequences of the reductive tendencies of educational research and moving through the consequences of the technical and instrumental tendencies of curriculum, this book challenges how contemporary education as a whole reduces human beings to “things” and funnels them according to predetermined knowledge forms representative of the dominant socioeconomic ideology. Through a philosophical exploration of original conceptions of education and well-being, this book attempts to recover an understanding of education that embodies how we learn to uncover and relate to our own possibilities for a more meaningful life which is a life of well-being.

About the authors

Matthew D. Dewar earned his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction for Health and Wellness Education and a PhD in Curriculum Theory and Philosophy of Education from the National College of Education at National Louis University, USA. Dewar has been featured on TEDx and Wisconsin Public Radio. He currently teaches at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL, USA.

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“Dewar’s meditation on education is water from a well in the desert that is education desiccated by technologies of learning that deform students and teachers into devices. From within one can walk one’s way out of the desert. Clearly, Dewar has.” (William F. Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

“With an eloquence that is both poetic and critical, Matthew Dewar invites us to reflect pedagogically on the educational lives of our children who are threatened by the dehumanizing consequences of corporatism, consumerism, and instrumental rationalism. His book deserves to be read with sensitivity, openness, and attentive care to the ethical challenges of our times.” (Max van Manen, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada )

“Written with grace and wisdom, Dewar’s book raises fundamental questions about an educational system that too often values possessions over people, markets over meaning, things over thinking. Dewar encourages educators…to reimagine how we might be mindfully attuned to the well-being of our students as we help them to author lives rich in meaning and existential vitality.” (Patrick Roberts, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA)

“This book offers an insightful and original interpretation of the relationship between education and well-being. In an attempt to overcome the philosophical commitments guiding contemporary education…Dewar develops the metaphor of education as a process of uncovering water from a well. Through this metaphor, he illuminates and recovers a lost but vital ontological conception of education fundamentally concerned with students’ most meaningful possibilities for being.” (Sara Efrat Efron, Professor, National Louis University, USA)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • The Privileging of Epistemology over Ontology in Educational Research and Its Ontological Consequences

    Dewar, Matthew D.

    Pages 1-24

  • The Reduction of Education to Curriculum as Techne and Its Ontological Consequences

    Dewar, Matthew D.

    Pages 25-49

  • A Poeticizing Phenomenology of Education and Well-Being

    Dewar, Matthew D.

    Pages 51-80

  • Curriculum and the Reduction of Temporality to Time and Its Ontological Consequences

    Dewar, Matthew D.

    Pages 81-95

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eBook $54.99
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Hardcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60275-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95641-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education and Well-Being
Book Subtitle
An Ontological Inquiry
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60276-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60276-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60275-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95641-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 116
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