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Schinkel, Anders – Educational Theory, 2018
Many authors have claimed a moral and educational significance for wonder. In this article Anders Schinkel assesses these claims in order to address the question whether we do indeed have reason to stimulate the sense of wonder and to provoke experiences of wonder in education with a view to its moral effects or importance. Are there moral effects…
Descriptors: Imagination, Ethical Instruction, Relevance (Education), Educational Needs
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Mulcahy, D. G. – Educational Theory, 2018
D. G. Mulcahy highlights some of Jane Roland Martin's major contributions to the field of philosophy of education in this review essay. He focuses on several of Martin's better-known works--including "Reclaiming a Conversation," "The Schoolhome," "Changing the Educational Landscape," "Coming of Age in…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Liberal Arts, General Education, Educational Theories
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Gordon, Mordechai – Educational Theory, 2018
Inspired by Orwell's chilling account of brainwashing, propaganda, and the obliteration of the lines between fiction and truth, Mordechai Gordon attempts to make sense of the phenomenon of lying in politics as a challenge to deliberative civics education. His analysis begins with a detailed consideration of the distinctions Hannah Arendt draws…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Civics, Citizenship Education, Ethics
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Bialystok, Lauren – Educational Theory, 2018
In this essay Lauren Bialystok argues that the standard liberal defense of parental opt-outs is inconsistent in the case of comprehensive sex education. Using the recent controversy over a new sex education curriculum in Ontario, Canada, as a case study, Bialystok examines the aims and effects of sex education and the self-described conscience of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Sex Education, Parent Attitudes
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Wahl, Rachel – Educational Theory, 2018
Deliberation has become a defining ideal of democratic theory, and learning is central to robust deliberation. It is challenging for people to learn from each other, however, in contexts of inequality and deep social cleavages--though this is precisely when such learning is most needed. The political theorist Danielle Allen has argued that the…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, African Americans, Learning Processes
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Hostetler, Karl D. – Educational Theory, 2018
In this article Karl Hostetler portrays teachers as tragic ironists whose existence is prone to "playful disruptions of the soul," when the meaning and value of ideas pertinent to teaching--including "teaching" itself--become puzzling, prompting a reassessment and reinvigoration of those ideas. In developing his concept of…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Tragedy, Figurative Language, Greek Civilization
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Graham, Polly – Educational Theory, 2018
In this essay, Polly Graham addresses a current instantiation of what might be called self-loss within education in the United States. Graham observes that, in her experience, many students and educators, whether decidedly or without reflection, conform to superficial schooling practices that circumscribe the possibility of receiving affirmations…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Educational Practices, Self Concept, Alienation
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Roosevelt, Dirck; Garrison, Jim – Educational Theory, 2018
This essay by Dirck Roosevelt and Jim Garrison seeks to reclaim the lost soul of teaching by examining distortions wrought upon or threatening it by practice-based teacher education (PBTE) and like developments. The notion that teaching centers upon mastery of "core" practices understood as routinely skilled performance is inadequate to…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Criticism, Teacher Evaluation, Moral Values
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Stengel, Barbara S. – Educational Theory, 2018
Barbara Stengel's purpose in this essay is to complicate our understanding of the quality and status of educational courage as it is typically exercised in schools today, and to offer profiles of that courage in a minor key. If we only portray -- and aspire to -- courage in the heroic form that tilts against a system that is unfair, misguided, or…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Profiles, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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Shuffelton, Amy B. – Educational Theory, 2018
"Collaboration" is frequently urged on students, who are praised for being "good collaborators." Yet collaboration has two senses: a positive sense of autonomously undertaken joint endeavor, but also a sinister implication of treacherous cooperation with enemies. In this article, Amy Shuffelton probes the uses and misuses of…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Philosophy, Neoliberalism
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Britzman, Deborah P. – Educational Theory, 2017
The preceding symposium articles speculate on the psychosocial dynamics of discrimination as reverberating with grief, mourning, melancholia, and denial. They invite a psychoanalytic paradox on the fate of inchoate loss and its complex relation to oppression and depression: constellations of attachment to loss met with its social and psychical…
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Grief, Psychological Patterns, Depression (Psychology)
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Sarigianides, Sophia Tatiana – Educational Theory, 2017
Recent applications of Freud's theory examine the social value of the lost love object as a way of understanding the suffering of non-majority groups. Rather than pathologizing the individual suffering the loss, the lens of racial melancholia pathologizes the discourse that constitutes racially marked others as alien to the majority. Through a…
Descriptors: Chinese Americans, Cultural Influences, Psychological Patterns, Acculturation
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Stillwaggon, James – Educational Theory, 2017
The progressive language of growth and development that informs our shared ideal of the educated subject also informs the curricular structure of schooling, in which new learning builds upon established knowledge and students' development depends upon their desire to take on those identities associated with various achievements of knowledge. Each…
Descriptors: Resistance to Change, Psychological Patterns, Fantasy, Educational Change
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Backer, David I. – Educational Theory, 2017
In a majority of cases observed in classrooms over the last several decades, what has gone by the name "discussion" is not discussion, but rather an interaction better known as recitation. If one sees this phenomenon as a problem, then an aspect of its resolution must be theoretical (as opposed to empirical or pedagogical): What series…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Communication, Teaching Methods, Discourse Communities
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Taubman, Peter – Educational Theory, 2017
In this response essay, Peter Taubman considers the relationship between melancholia and Freud's notion of a death drive. Taubman explores how audit culture sustains melancholia and intensifies the death drive, ultimately deadening our psyches by erasing memory, disparaging feelings, shutting down thought, and ignoring history. Taubman concludes…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Death, Memory, Psychological Patterns
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