ERIC Number: ED347543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Presence beyond the Narrative: Semiotic Tools for Deconstructing the Personal Story.
Tochon, Francois V.
This paper is an exploration of the philosophical and semiotic implications of educational acts of meaning-making that are mediated through narrative inquiry. The paper discusses the risks of a narrative view of teacher education as it is related to the "I"--philosophy tradition of Subjective Idealism. Indeed, modelling the Self may be an invitation to indoctrination. Thus, the paper offers deconstructive ways of critically analyzing stories of narrative educators which may prevent mere impositions of influence networks for the sake of personal awakening. Deconstruction is then characterized as a positive use of criticism to counterbalance the dialogically possible negative effects of constructive modelling. Deconstruction is understood as a complementary and necessary part of any constructive, structural process. As the critical arguments presented in the paper take the form of an essay, they suggest in their own formalism that narratological post-modern criticism may reveal useful moral avenues to deconstruct some Voice networks as being expressions of the self-authorized, narrative leadership of a few tenors and divas on an elitist stage. Also, as deconstruction is not meant to promote a network, it has to provide its own criticism. (Four figures and one table are included; 61 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Deconstruction; Narratology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).