SERA Conference 202: SERA Theory and Philosophy of Education Network event

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The art of becoming a 'tactful' educator

The significance of the "teacher researcher", and with that the question of the relationship between theory and practice is, as Kenklies tells us in his 2012 paper, not only an ongoing debate in Educational Science, but goes back right back to the beginning of its institutionalisation at German Universities (the first chair for Education was established in 1779 at the University of Halle). One of Education Science’s early key figures was Johann Friedrich Herbart – successor to Immanuel Kant’s Chair at the University of Prussian Koenigsberg (which is now Kalingrad in Russia). Although the role of educational theory for educational practice - and theory and practice’s inter-relationship - was indeed a key concern for Herbart, Kenklies (in the same 2012 paper) reminds us that he, rather than solving the problem of the theory-practice relation – was the first one to get the ball rolling on the discussion.
In the following presentation then, I would like to try to start get my own head around Herbart’s take on a “teacher researcher” - who is thought to stand and “research” right at the interface between theory and practice.
Period13 Nov 2021
Event typeConference
LocationUnited Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Pedagogical Tact