Chapter 4. Schools as Places of Unselving: An educational pathology?

  1. Gloria Dall'Alba
  1. Michael Bonnett Senior Lecturer Research Fellow Reader in Philosophy

Published Online: 17 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch4

Exploring Education through Phenomenology

Exploring Education through Phenomenology

How to Cite

Bonnett, M. (2010) Schools as Places of Unselving: An educational pathology?, in Exploring Education through Phenomenology (ed G. Dall'Alba), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of London Institute of Education, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196598

Online ISBN: 9781444322828



  • schools as places of unselving - an educational pathology;
  • seeing education - at least in part concerned with development of individual;
  • task of educators - helping to change students and to grow as persons;
  • teacher's task of providing occasions for change - challenging pupils to take up risks;
  • notion of ‘unselving’ in poem - seminal to giving an account of things in nature;
  • different places/situations/‘neighbourhoods’ prompt—call for—different responses;
  • pre-existing fully autonomous, disengaged, self of classical rationalism;
  • transition situations - ongoing ‘mismatch’ between pupil and school environment;
  • importance of unselving in self-development;
  • schools as places of unselving


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Unselving

  • Anticipation

  • Departures

  • Conclusion: Schools as Places of Unselving

  • Acknowledgement

  • Notes

  • References