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The Taoist Pedagogy of Pathmarks

Critical Reflections upon Heidegger, Lao Tzu, and Dewey

  • Invites alternate pedagogical approaches of an ontological nature on teaching that has, to date, been centered primarily on particular epistemic grounds and pragmatic ends

  • Seeks to form a pedagogical bridging between Eastern and Western thoughts, juxtaposing the complex thoughts of Heidegger, Dewey, and Lao Tzu through “direct” conversations

  • Author has coined the word, “en-teaching” to the idea of how teachers can teach through paradoxically non-teaching, without implying a binary opposition between teaching and non-teaching


Part of the Spirituality, Religion, and Education book series (SPRE)

About this book


Based on the intertwined complex conversations among Heidegger, Dewey, and Lao Tzu, this book explores the possibilities of the Taoist Pedagogy of Pathmarks as a clearing between truth and untruth, responding to the spiritual call of Tao as inaction and teaching as releasement. In this book, Yu provides a critical exploration of the rich dynamics in the “direct” conversations among the three great thinkers of east and west, highlighting the implications of their ideas for education throughout. As more educational researchers, teacher educators, and teachers recognize the limitations of didactic teaching-as-telling, the author brings an alternate pathway to light. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rollins CollegeWinter ParkUSA

About the authors

Jie Yu is Associate Professor of Education at Rollins College, USA. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, USA. Her major research interests include curriculum studies, narrative inquiry, classroom teaching and learning, and multicultural education.

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