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ERIC Number: ED135796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Arenas of Power: Focus on Schooling.
Hamm, Russell L.; Brownson, William E.
This philosophical venture examines the nature of power, an inescapable concern in contemporary life and modern thought. The first chapter discusses the context and meaning of power. It suggests that morality and power are not mutually exclusive and calls to mind Lawrence Kohlberg's outline of the stages of moral development as a useful schema. A contextual definition of power is introduced and seven arenas of power are identified and related to the educational environment: (1) existential; (2) paideia; (3) dialectical; (4) ethos; (5) legalistic; (6) manipulative; and (7) brute force. These power arenas are discussed and outlined in the following four chapters. Power is viewed as a primary need in the existence of every person, and the power arenas are shown to demonstrate major stances and climates in human experience and expression. In conclusion, the hypothesis is forwarded that in American society today, in the lives of its people and in its schools, the dominating power arenas are those of the legalistic, manipulative, and brute force. The difficulty this creates for those who hold onto the philosophic perspectives of ethos, dialectical, paideia, and existential power arenas is pointed out. (MM)
Descriptors: American Culture, Educational Philosophy, Ethics, Existentialism, Laws, Legal Responsibility, Needs, Philosophy, Political Power, Power Structure, Psychological Needs
Curriculum Research and Development Center, School of Education, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Curriculum Research and Development Center.; Indiana State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Terre Haute.