How I am trying to lead the best possible life: Towards a more helpful framing of my practice

TitleHow I am trying to lead the best possible life: Towards a more helpful framing of my practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLaidlaw, M
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume8
Start Page32
Issue2
Pagination32-75
Date Published12/2015
Type of Articleliving theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract

This paper looks at my practice and theorising in the light of a new development of its framing since my publications in EJOLTS in 2008 and 2012. It traces the genesis of this new contextualisation and with the recent emphasis on conscientisation (Freire, 2005) I show how it is enabling my thinking, perspectives and actions to move in new directions. First I look at my paid and voluntary employment prior to 2013 and then report on how expanding the net of my concerns through a growing understanding of the systemic, social and political influences in part through my work with a Ph.D. student I am supervising, have affected both the scope and nature of my work. I further illustrate this by looking at my charity work, and the tuition I offer in English and German to Polish students in the light of the European Migrant Crisis. I am also characterising this account as part of my living legacy (Forester, 2015) as I account to myself about how I am leading the best possible life. I conclude that ‘conscientisation’ has become a living standard of judgement in the evaluation of my work in the service of humanity as I seek to lead a better life in the direction of particular values, such as love, compassion and now, conscientisation. Because of my emphasis on the latter – amongst other things – I believe I am now contributing to Living Theory as a social movement through living-global-citizenship (Coombs, Potts and Whitehead, 2014).

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