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Global Seeing

by William Gaudelli - 2011

Background/Context: This essay is a part of a special issue that emerges from a year-long faculty seminar at Teachers College, Columbia University. The seminarís purpose has been to examine in fresh terms the nexus of globalization, education, and citizenship. Participants come from diverse fields of research and practice, among them art education, comparative education, curriculum and teaching, language studies, philosophy of education, social studies, and technology. They bring to the table different scholarly frameworks drawn from the social sciences and humanities. They accepted invitations to participate because of their respective research interests, all of which touch on education in a globalized world. They were also intrigued by an all-too-rare opportunity to study in seminar conditions with colleagues from different fields, with whom they might otherwise never interact given the harried conditions of university life today. Participants found the seminar generative in terms of ideas about globalization, education, and citizenship. Participants also appreciated what, for them, became a novel and rich occasion for professional and personal growth.

Purpose/ Objective: The aim of the essay centers on a question: What can we see beyond seeing? This essay considers the typical ways in which we see the world in the a-typical settings of travel. I consider how this type of seeing, when the very purpose of the excursion is to see, often positions the seer to do so as a spectator, consumer or flattener of others.

Conclusions/ Recommendations: I consider how empathic, interpretative and intimate domains can frame seeing others differently within the plasticity of seeing, moving from a position of global seeing as knowing more towards one of knowing with. I offer a distinctly humanistic and pedagogical approach to reimagining seeing that is cognizant of the rich life-world of the viewed.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 113 Number 6, 2011, p. 1237-1254
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16140, Date Accessed: 6/13/2021 12:38:30 AM

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  • William Gaudelli
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    WILLIAM GAUDELLI is associate professor of social studies and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research areas include global education, visual media, and teacher education/development. Gaudelli has published a variety of pieces in scholarly journals, including Teachers College Record, Teaching Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education, along with two books.
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