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dc.contributor.authorCramer, Cyrus
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-03T20:48:24Z
dc.date.available2010-09-03T20:48:24Z
dc.date.issued2010-09-03
dc.date.submittedJuly 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/11088
dc.description.abstractThis paper was inspired by my own instruction in philosophy as an undergraduate at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and by my encounter with Robert Scholes’ book Textual Power while a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. I wanted to examine a way to bring the more useful aspects of postmodern thought to my classroom practices as a high school language arts teacher and I was dissatisfied by the materials I found available as they seemed too much focused on the ideas espoused by the late Richard Rorty. Rorty’s thought leads to relativism so severe that it seems no longer possible or at least no longer meaningful to teach literary interpretation, grammar, and composition. While the explicit statement of this is often avoided by those who distill postmodernism for use by classroom teachers it is an inescapable fact. I argue in this paper that we might save ourselves from this problem by following the thought of the French postmodernist Michel Foucault and therein are to be found the more useful aspects of postmodernism that provide new life rather than a dead end in abject relativism.en_US
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dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectPostmodernismen_US
dc.subjectHigh Schoolen_US
dc.subjectLanguage Artsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPostmodernism and education
dc.subject.lcshLanguage arts (Secondary)
dc.subject.lcshFoucault, Michel, 1926-1984--Criticism and interpretation
dc.titleAPPLYING POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT IN A HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOMen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeSecondary Educationen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Teacher Educationen_US
dc.description.advisorZancanella, Donald
dc.description.committee-memberZancanella, Donald
dc.description.committee-memberPence, Lucretia
dc.description.committee-memberMitchell, Rosalita


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