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APPLYING POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT IN A HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM

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APPLYING POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT IN A HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM

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dc.contributor.author Cramer, Cyrus
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-03T20:48:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-03T20:48:24Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-03
dc.date.submitted July 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11088
dc.description.abstract This 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
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Postmodernism en_US
dc.subject High School en_US
dc.subject Language Arts en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism and education
dc.subject.lcsh Language arts (Secondary)
dc.subject.lcsh Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984--Criticism and interpretation
dc.title APPLYING POSTMODERN PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT IN A HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Secondary Education en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Teacher Education en_US
dc.description.advisor Zancanella, Donald
dc.description.committee-member Zancanella, Donald
dc.description.committee-member Pence, Lucretia
dc.description.committee-member Mitchell, Rosalita


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