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ERIC Number: EJ924476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Sem-Analysing Events: Towards a Cultural Pedagogy of Hope
Semetsky, Inna
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v26 n3 p253-265 May 2007
This paper locates the concept of learning among real-life human experiences and events. Functioning as a sign, a meaningful event can be understood in terms of a cultural extra-linguistic "text." Reading and interpreting diverse cultural "texts" are equivalent to constructing and learning critical symbolic lessons embedded in a continuous process of our experiential, both intellectual and ethical, growth. The paper employs Julia Kristeva's theory of the abjection and her method of semanalysis as a synthesis of philosophy, psychoanalysis and semiotics. Extending semiotic analysis to the level of informal education, the paper asserts that real-life events, such as the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, can become a means towards constructing the cultural pedagogy of hope paramount to sustaining a global society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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