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ERIC Number: ED455059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Seizing Alternatives: Ways of Knowing, Rural Research and Practice in the Helping Arts. Keynote Address.
Martinez-Brawley, Emilia
Until the 1960s the rule of science was a characteristic of modernity in academic life. Since then, a postmodern trend has been running counter to a faith in a universal and objective scientific methodology. Postmodernists have taught us that there are no single truths, that there are many valuable perspectives, and that the line between the subjective and the objective is very blurred. Postmodern perspectives in the social sciences offer the opportunity for validating the unique contributions of those who think outside the prevailing paradigm of technical rationality--women, rural residents, minority groups, and anyone whose referents are not those of the industrial northern European world. Many premises we have come to accept as truth are antithetical to rural values and concerns. These premises include: bigger is better, all technology is equally useful, personalization must be sacrificed to progress, and higher outputs automatically improve the quality of life. Rural practitioners in social work and education have been saying for decades that theories validated in the cities were not useful in non-urban environments, but the dominant world view denied the validity of their position. Postmodernism allows the exploration of alternatives to standardized tests, curricula, outcomes, and practices and monocultural, monolingual education. Postmodernism permits rural people to seize the authority of their own views; to study, assess, and validate understandings from rural standpoints; and to mobilize us all for change. (Contains 16 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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