Privatizing Montessori. The capitalisation of knowledge and the inability to renew meanings

Jendza, Jarosław and Zamojski, Piotr (2015) Privatizing Montessori. The capitalisation of knowledge and the inability to renew meanings. Stuida Pedagogiczne (Pedagogic Studies), LXVIII. pp. 141-155. ISSN 0081-6795

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Abstract

The main aim of the article is an analysis of the privatization of pedagogical knowledge using an example of one of the alternative pedagogies (Montessori Method). We claim that nowadays, pedagogical knowledge is treated as economic capital, and therefore subject to modifications characteristic for neoliberal culture. In our analysis we implement qualitative focus interviews conducted with various members of the Montessori community (teachers, owners and administrators of schools) who have gained access to a rare commodity – that is, knowledge regarding the teaching methodology of this particular pedagogical approach. The results of this empirical research point to mechanisms characteristic for making pedagogical knowledge classified and “gilded”, mechanisms that limit it to the closed space of a particular discourse society. We conclude that this ‘inbred’ form of knowledge transfer can lead to an inability to renew meanings and, as a consequence, to the replacement of critical and in depth pedagogical considerations with a form of dogma that may be culturally inadequate and reproduced as a technical procedure, which is far from what Montessori herself wrote about the method.

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Keywords: Montessori method, privatisation of knowledge, public character of pedagogical knowledge
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Piotr Zamojski
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 15:43
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 15:43
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1704

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