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ERIC Number: ED307630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May-16
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Between Language and Silence: Postpedagogy's Middle Way: Part I The Text.
McCracken, Tim
Postpedagogy--teaching within postmodern culture--begins in the belief that modern culture and all of its institutions, including education, has entered a vaguely defined post-condition called postmodernism. This post-condition is not simply an interesting artistic category or mere academic theory, but is a fundamental shift in modes of expression, sources of articulation, and horizons of expectations. To address these shifts, a corresponding condition must also be addressed--a new rhetoric is needed to describe this new understanding. This "terra incognita" will be between language and silence. This middle way will both honor the past and the present, and will take seriously as a way of knowing and being that "all is always now." If education is going to adapt itself to this postmodern condition, it must adopt a new rhetoric, or postpedagogy. For example, in a college honors program, daily practices are not separated from an understanding of the culture. Postpedagogy is the enactment of the understanding of the current cultural paradigmatic shift into the classroom. "Rules" of postpedagogy might include: (1) no content is unchanging; (2) the message is the medium; (3) all knowledge is provisional knowledge; (4) knowledge is posited as knowing; (5) knowing and being are interactive and invisible; and (6) authority is based on authorship. A pluralistic, collaborative body in the university will encourage ideas that enhance and review the curriculum while supporting proposals which seek a correspondence between the old and new paradigms. (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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