Children’s Covid-19 writing and drawings and the existential imperative to educate for uncertainty

Kirby, Perpetua, Villani, Michela and Webb, Rebecca (2022) Children’s Covid-19 writing and drawings and the existential imperative to educate for uncertainty. Children & Society. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic provokes a pedagogic crisis: education is ill-adapted to accommodate multiple uncertainties in students' lives. We examine how pandemic uncertainty is registered in a global collection of writing and drawing from 4 to 17-years-old, during the 2020 lockdowns. The study engages with Biesta's (2021) philosophical work on 'world-centred education', offering empirical examples from the collection that goes beyond the immediacy of everyday lives. We identify educational implications: acknowledging students' present experiences of the world; a slowing of pedagogical tempo; supporting students to navigate desires and fears; a language for expressing uncertainty; and engaging students in ethical and existential difficulty.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 09:49
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 12:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105342

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