Learning to love the world
The educational vision of John McGahern
in John McGahern
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John McGahern, in autobiographical writing and in interviews, articulates how the experience of learning came to shape his sensibility and very identity. From his early boyhood McGahern responded very sensitively to the world of nature and from his physical surroundings he derived a solace that sustained him throughout life. Although McGahern also came to love academic learning, especially literature, his primary schooling was very fragmented because his mother often had to change jobs. The chapter considers three themes from his experience as a student and teacher. These are his response to the instrumental role of schooling, his treatment of the social context in which schooling took place and his attitude to the teaching of Irish. McGahern's account of education offers in Memoir, relevant essays from the collection Love of the World and from published interviews, is a finely textured insight into the nature of the activities of learning and teaching.

John McGahern

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