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Silence: Opening Space for Learning

Alexandra Fidyk.

This presentation is an inquiry about the space of/for silence. It addresses how we compose ourselves in confined and unconfined places; why we need quiet places for creative unfolding, and how in theory and practice we need to open spaces for something to happen by not doing something, more precisely by in-action waiting, listening, attending.

Silence in classrooms typically has existed as forced silence. Traditionally, students have been expected to be quiet when they are attending to assigned tasks. This silence has been imposed from the outside-in as a form of discipline and obedience. However, silence, thought of differently as generative, creative, meditative, can be a nourishing space in the classroom, in any daily practice. Such cultivated silence calls for another form of discipline and obedience, one from the inside-out. Cultivating such silence makes a difference in learning and being-in-the-world.


Alexandra Fidyk  (Canada)
PhD Candidate
Graduate Division of Educational Research
University of Calgary

Alexandra Fidyk is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. She has studied and taught secondary literature in Finland, Japan, England, China, USA, Colombia and Egypt.

  • Silence
  • Mindfulness
  • Attunement
  • In-action

(Virtual Presentation, English)