ERIC Number: EJ1021344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Acceptance, Resistance and Educational Transformation: A Taoist Reading of "The First Man"
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n11 spec iss p1175-1189 2013
This article provides a Taoist reading of Camus' posthumously published novel, "The first man". With its focus on the early life of the central character, Jacques Cormery, "The first man" is a semi-autobiographical account of learning and transformation, but it is, like so many other stories of its kind, one sustained by complex tensions: between the comfort of the familiar and the promise of the new; between possibility and despair; between resistance and acceptance. A theme that binds some of the key educational elements of the book together is love: Jacques's love of his mother and his elementary school teacher and their love for him; love of learning; and love of "home". A Taoist theoretical framework is helpful in understanding the nature of this love and its pedagogical significance. In particular, the book exemplifies the importance of the figure of the mother--both in the person of Jacques's mother and more symbolically in the notion of "the Great Mother". The article concludes with thoughts on the value of literature for educational inquiry.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Religion, Novels, Transformative Learning, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Teacher Student Relationship, Elementary School Teachers, Guidelines, Literature, Teaching Methods
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