Attending to Nonhuman Animals in Pedagogical Relationships and Encounters

  • Joshua RussellEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


This chapter examines existing literatures that describe nonhuman animals as educators or as pedagogical agents in non-formal and formal educational contexts. Agency and subjectivity have long been denied to nonhuman organisms, and this chapter explores the pedagogical possibilities and limitations of intersubjective encounters and relationships between humans and other animals. The author asks questions that draw on ethological research, educational philosophy, and critical pedagogies. What does it mean to suggest that animals are educators? To what extent do nonhuman animals enact the volition, tact, or intentionality that we might require of them in educational endeavors? This chapter addresses those questions by highlighting the interspecies, pedagogical relationship as the core unit of focus, outlining the importance of reflexivity and attunement to all actors within the educational context, including humans/nonhumans and teachers/students alike.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Animal Behavior, Ecology, & Conservation and AnthrozoologyCanisius CollegeBuffaloUSA

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