When is education?
As researchers, under what conditions can we say that we are observing human beings educating themselves and each other?
The first question is a philosophical one. The second question is a methodological one. They are also the same question since researchers cannot place themselves outside humanity. Answering one is also answering the other–though, to anticipate the argument I am making here, the issue is not quite one of “answering” (and settling) but one of moving the debate about humanity further. It is a matter of shifting the domains of our ignorance, of discovering what we do not already know (at least discursively), and of proposing how to proceed further.
This is one of the entry points to a project I am currently working on that builds on earlier and current work. The project, practically, exists as a web site and perhaps eventually as a traditionally published paper or short book.
I hope for comments, suggestions, expansions, etc., to be made through the 'study' link on this page.
I recommend the related work by current students at Teachers College: Stranger in a strange land