ERIC Number: ED404748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-12
Reference Count: N/A
The Perspectivist Turn in Comparative Education. Occasional Paper Series.
Paulston, Rolland G.
How might comparatists view and image the world as a visual dialogue? How have representations of visual culture in comparative education discourse changed since the 1960s? This paper identifies, types, and maps the scopic regimes of modernity (that is, the technical and critical rationalist, and the hermeneutical constructivist) and postmodernity (that is, the deconstructive perspectivist) found in the field's three leading journals. Using the two axes of mimetic-heuristic and differentiation-dedifferentation, the perspectivist map opens space to all ways of seeing and representing information. It offers knowledge workers a useful new visual aesthetic based not on degrees of progress in techniques of transmission or modeling, but on a perspectivist paradigm of cultural dedifferentiation that is open to technical, cognitive, and cultural ways of seeing--that is, to the growing intellectual and visual complexity of our time. Fifteen figures and 24 endnotes are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Administrative and Policy Studies.