Pedagogy of attention for the twenty-first century: beyond a psychological perspective

Pedagogía de la atención para el siglo xxi: más allá de una perspectiva psicológica

Alberto Sánchez Rojo

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP77-3-2019-02

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have undoubtedly changed our world and the ways we live in it. Nowadays, we are more and better informed as well as having multiple channels for making immediate contact with others. However, this ability to be informed and communicate means there are constant demands on our attention to the extent it becomes distracted or overloaded. By using a document analysis methodology based on critical analysis of texts, this paper aims to provide pedagogical solutions for a capacity for attention at risk of being overwhelmed. To do so, we first describe the current context of interconnection, showing the extent to which it has some advantages, but also drawbacks that point directly at the concept of attention. Secondly, we analyse this concept from a pedagogical perspective. This, on the one hand, leads to psychology and, on the other hand, to philosophy. We show that pedagogy has focused only on the psychological perspective event though the philosophical standpoint is equally vital for education. Finally, we come to the need for a pedagogy of attention for the twenty-first century that reclaims the philosophical conception, which should have never
been forgotten.


This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 274 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Sánchez Rojo, A. (2019). Pedagogía de la atención para el siglo xxi: más allá de una perspectiva psicológica | Pedagogy of attention for the twenty-first century: beyond a psychological perspective. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 77 (274), 421-436. doi: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP77-3-2019-02

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Alberto Sánchez Rojo has a degree in Philosophy (2009) and a Doctorate with Special Prize in Advanced Pedagogical Knowledge (2016) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His main research interest is the theoretical and philosophical analysis of the current educational sphere, essentially considering the changes caused by the presence of information and communication technologies.

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