Kemmis, Stephen, "Phronesis, Experience, and the Primacy of Practice," pp. 147-161 in Elizabeth Anne Kinsella and Allan Pitman, eds., Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012.


Stephen Kemmis


Contrasts practical reasoning and practical wisdom attained through the experience of doing educational practice with propositional, theoretical, and scientific knowledge about educational practice; phronesis involves understanding and critiquing one's own practice as a professional practitioner through learning from and reporting on his own and other's praxis; provided through philosophical analysis on the concepts involved; the author elucidates phronesis as a disposition and as a moral action learned indirectly through praxis; gives implications for professional education of educators.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Enactment and Teaching

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Teacher Education, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Programs of Study in Curriculum and Instruction, Practical Knowledge, In-service Teacher Development, Ethical Issues in Curriculum, Curriculum Deliberation, Curriculum as Experience


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