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ERIC Number: EJ956179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Habermas, Pupil Voice, Rationalism, and Their Meeting with Lacan's Objet Petit A
Moran, Paul; Murphy, Mark
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v31 n2 p171-181 Mar 2012
"Pupil voice" is a movement within state education in England that is associated with democracy, change, participation and the raising of educational standards. While receiving much attention from educators and policy makers, less attention has been paid to the theory behind the concept of pupil voice. An obvious point of theoretical departure is the work of Jurgen Habermas, who over a number of decades has endeavoured to develop a theory of democracy that places strong significance on language, communication and discourse. This paper is an attempt to gauge the usefulness of Habermas' approach to understanding the theory of pupil voice, in particular how his theory of universal pragmatics lends itself to a "philosophy of between", a philosophy that finds echoes in the conflicted nature of schooling that "pupil voice" is supposed to rectify to some extent. The paper also explores the drawbacks of a Habermasian approach, in particular his overreliance on rationality as a way of understanding communication. Lacan's concept of the objet petit a is introduced as an alternative way of understanding pupil voice.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)