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ERIC Number: ED403616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Taking the Helm in Critical Pedagogy: The Basic Speech Curriculum as an Operationalization of the Paradigm.
Cyphert, Dale
From Henry Giroux's perspective in his book "Border Crossings," all education ought to address some of the most difficult issues of contemporary rhetorical theory. Thus, the basic course in rhetoric is in a unique position to take the helm in critical pedagogy. The cutting edge of rhetorical theory responds to, contests, and incorporates emerging philosophies of postmodernism, critical studies, radical theory, feminism, and comparative epistemology. As philosophers, theorists, and researchers, educators recognize that rhetorical competence involves a complex interaction of culture, knowledge, power, and voice. Meanwhile, the basic communication course has traditionally relied on a pedagogical model that incorporates the assumptions, values, and methods of Western culture and philosophy. A critical pedagogist might design a basic course which would: (1) address rhetorical theory, rather than teach persuasive skill; (2) teach students to make rhetorical choices, not to use a set of rhetorical tools; (3) teach canonicity, not the canon; (4) teach civic responsibility rather than individual communication proficiency; (5) teach rhetorics, not rhetoric; and (6) teach popular culture, not speech making. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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