Monday, June 25, 2018

Praxis Process in Education?

One of the oldest Pedagogical Theories in use today is the Praxis Process! The Praxis Process is a Socratic or revisionist-reflective process by which a theory, idea, hypothesis, lesson, are turned into an actionable skill by developing heuristics strategies (logical rules of thumb). Going from theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing) or eupraxia ("doing good works," "creating good fortune"). Adopting a new pedagogical theory is easy and "common", yet analyzing it, reflecting on it, revising it, and discarding it when needed, that is the part most schools and teachers fail at. 
"There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the 'practice of freedom', the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
— Richard Shaull, drawing on Paulo Freire
Superlative Eupraxia starts with a transformational theory, (being oppressed, enslaved, and ignorant, to becoming free and enlightened requires and erudite education). Eupraxia is enacted, embodied, and or realized in positive transformational action that must be reflected on and revised. "Eupraxia" often refers to the actions, practices, exercises, and applications a teacher and student collaborate on that are transformational. John Dewey believed that students learn best through a 'hands-on' approach. We as educators sometimes skip or underestimate the time needed in the poiesis or the making of knowledge. We also are not skeptical enough when new pedagogical theories are thrust upon us by people like Bill Gates. The Common Core Mess that never went through the Praxis Proces. Today we are plagued with dyspraxia ("bad praxis, pedagogical misfortune")

Praxis (from Ancient Greek: πρᾶξις, translit. praxis) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. "Praxis" may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas. This has been a recurrent topic in the field of philosophy, discussed in the writings of Plato Aristotle.
Praxis may be described as a form of critical thinking and comprises the combination of reflection and action. Praxis can be viewed as a progression of cognitive and physical actions:
  • Taking the action
  • Considering the impacts of the action
  • Analysing the results of the action by reflecting upon it
  • Altering and revising conceptions and planning following reflection
  • Implementing these plans in further actions
This creates a cycle which can be viewed in terms of educational settings, learners and educational facilitators.

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