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ERIC Number: EJ826978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
The Productivity of Method
Le Grange, Lesley
Perspectives in Education, v26 n4 p101-107 Dec 2008
In this article I point out that method is not neutral and innocent, but rather productive, performative and creative. In other words, method does not simply represent reality (the world) but distorts and reconstructs it. Conventional methods are useful but distort the world giving the imprecision that it is simple, predictable and decidable. Seeing the performative side of method enables us not only to understand the politics of method, but also to appreciate its creative/productive potential so that we can (re)imagine a different world and (re)imagine a different educational practice. The article aims to raise questions rather than answer them--it opens a conversation that might help us to see, act, think and imagine differently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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