Phenomenological pedagogy has a tradition reaching back more than hundred years. From its very beginnings, it has developed its own approaches to a theory of Bildung, learning and education as experiences. Traditional theories of Bildung (or formation: how we form ourselves and are formed by others) and education, as they have been formulated by Humboldt, Schleiermacher, Herbart, Hegel and Nietzsche, are re-defined by a phenomenological approach in ways that are both empirical and systematic. Within this process of re-definition, the phenomenological methods of description, reduction and variation have been adopted critically and developed further. Phenomenological pedagogy thus can present an epistemological and methodological program of its own, one which differs from other approaches within the field of the human sciences, including hermeneutics and anthropology.
In current approaches, educating, learning and practicing (Übung) as experiences are defined within the horizons of corporality (Leiblichkeit), responsivity, foreignness and power and thus differentiated from other approaches within the humanities and in qualitative research more broadly.

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Prof. Malte Brinkmann
Allgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin