Problematizing public engagement within public pedagogy research and practice

Jennifer Sandlin, Jake Burdick, Emma Rich

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In this article, we explore issues related to how scholars attempt to enact public pedagogy (i.e. doing ‘public engagement’ work) and how they research public pedagogy (i.e. framing and researching artistic and activist ‘public engagement’ as public pedagogy). We focus specifically on three interrelated issues we believe should be addressed by scholars as they continue to theorize, enact, and analyze public pedagogies in the broader public sphere: (a) power dynamics embedded in individualized versus more collective enactments of public intellectualism; (b) conflicting and complicated conceptualizations of the relationship between the public pedagogue and the public, and how that relationship should be enacted; and (c) ethical issues surrounding the framing of public engagement and activist work under the umbrella of ‘pedagogy’.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 10 2016


  • curriculum studies
  • popular culture
  • public engagement
  • public intellectualism
  • Public pedagogy
  • social activism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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