Saturday, January 17, 2009

Look, Ma, i'm on TV!

Getting Tricky :: Asking Challenging Questions with Trickster Pedagogy from Christopher Wulff on Vimeo.

Last summer i was interviewed about "trickster pedagogy" after having given a wee talk about it to a group of alumni of a leadership program. I'd forgotten all about it when i bumped into Christopher Wulff who had loaded this up to a website some time ago. It's 11 min and 28 seconds long and i elaborate a bit about what i mean by trickster pedagogy as well as talk about 'zines in particular - Chris Wulff also being a big fan of 'zines. Chris also runs an Emerging Leaders website where he's written up a summary of my talk as well as shared some links to some relevant popular education documents that i and the Catalyst Centre have published.


Fayyaz said...

Hi Chris,
Glad to know more about trickster pedagogy. It is fascinating, and I hope to learn more about it from you, and figure out how I can incorporate it in my practice as a teacher in September 09 :)

Chris cavanagh said...

Thanks, Fayyaz,

As you know, a good deal of inspiration for my notion of trickster pedagogy is the Sufi traditions of storytelling and Mullah Nasrudin stories. And i am anxious to commit more time to developing this notion precisely to support people such as yourself to put it into practice. Though, of course, i believe that there's already a fair amount of this practice out there (and i've seen it in your work as well) that goes un-named for lack of a theoretical lens with which to see it.



DavidLy3 said...

Hi Chris, I am a student from ENVS 1000, AKA: one of your lectures. I just had a chance to visit your blog and your video of Trickster Pedagogy really opened my mind into more perspectives. Especially the story "what is the meaning of life", the whole idea of opening more questions people may wonder. I just thought of something that would be helpful if I were to add to the story. When you mentioned about questions that lead to more questions, I thought of the "never ending thinking cycle". The whole idea of what human should be like in a logical sense, to never stop thinking. To never stop our will to think, is also a message that I got. The idea that those questions will lead to more questions, creates more thought into the human mind and that indeed allow one to look deeper into discovering more meaning.

Thanks, Chris

Chris cavanagh said...

Thank-you, for your thoughts, David. The value of "never-ending" questioning is one i hold dear. I love the wee "meaning of life" story for it's playful reminder of the priority of questions over answers. Answers do not draw us into the world. Questions are the pull and push of life. Whether it's an exploration of ideas and the journey of learning or the actual journey into the world to see what's out there, it is the question that propels us, intrigues us, plagues us.