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ERIC Number: ED410577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
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A Glossary of Postmodern Educational Terms.
Thomas, R. Murray
Recent decades have brought to the fore a coalition of writers on education who identify themselves as postmodernists, a designation that encompasses such vaguely allied groups as critical educators, radical educators, feminists, postcolonialists, anti-imperialists, poststructuralists, postpositivists, and neo-Marxists. A common characteristic displayed by many postmodernists is their writing style--much postmodernist writing about education does not make easy reading. Since postmodernism's critical educators portray themselves as iconoclasts and vigilantes intent on exposing and correcting injustices that are ignored and perpetuated by the people in charge of traditional educational institutions, many of them have deemed it necessary to create new language for expressing their views. That language mainly consists of assigning new meanings to existing words. A glossary of 40-plus common "postmodern" words is offered, with an equal sign connecting each postmodern term to what is considered a synonym or definition using language that should be familiar to teachers. The significant ideas that most postmodern writers on education seek to convey can be communicated more effectively and to a larger audience if they are cast in simpler, less esoteric language. This comunication is supported by a variety of books (which are listed) that use commonly understood language for critically analyzing the traditional exercise of educational power. Contains 23 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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