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Thinking Again: Education After Postmodernism (Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series)

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“This sharply written book, edited by Blake, argues that a discerible postmodern perspective, most generally associated with Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, and Lyotard, remains relevant to the examination of contemporary educational matters...They are particularly trenchant in articulating the theoretical legacy of critiques on structuralism and foundationalism...It is difficult to imagine a more lucid analysis, and this collaborative effort may well serve as a primer for advanced undergraduate students looking to venture into this terrain....Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy of education courses.”–Choice

“Those who doubt that contemporary educational writing can go beyond evaluation and the management of assessment can think again....The authors succeed in shifting the reader's thinking from concern with "performativity" to contemplating philosophical problems in education. This book "does not save the reader time" but invites one to think in new directions about education and promises--which takes time. Thinking Again is not prescriptive and offers no simple solutions. Recommended.”–Education Libraries

“I cannot not repeat how much I enjoyed reading the book myself; how refreshing I found the experience. It seems to me that in writing it Blake,et al. have done an important service in focusing a newly emergent strand within the circles of British philosophy of education....should generate a new enthusiasn for a long overdue debate on the future of philosophy in education.”–Journal of Philosophy of Education

“Full of philosphical, spiritual, metaphysical and Shakespearean references, this book is for the serious student of educational theory and philosophy. It is of equal interest to the serious reader of sociological and historical studies.”–Education Libraries

“[T]he whole text with its rich, readable, rhetorical mix of exposition, argument, jokes, and ironies.”–British Journal of Educational Studies

“This book effectively overturns the caricature that postmodern thought is inheretly relativistic and nihilistic and develops a theoretical vision at once humanistic and theological....Thinking Again can serve as an introduction to postmodern thinking for those unfamiliar with it...a resource for thinking together about the renewal of educational theory and practice for those in the fields of religion and theological education.”–Blackwell Publishers Ltd

“Rereading philosophical and literary sources in a perceptive and engaging style, the authors offer sharp critical insights while also broadening our sense of educational possibilities.”–Nicholas Burbules, Professor of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

“[A] thoroughly engrossing book that scholars and teachers will profit from reading, including those -- perhaps especially those -- who have regarded postmoderism with disdain and incomprehension.”–Eamonn Callan, Professor of Educational Policy Studies University of Alberta

“What I find most interesting is that the authors treat their main chosen poststructuralists as continuing and contributing to [the] traditional Anglo-American philosophy of education in a non-relativistic manner, rather than opposing it, which many Nietzschean based interpretations of these poststructuralists might suggest. This makes the book an important contribution to [the] philosophy of education in itself.”–Jim Marshall, Professor of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Arts University of Auckland

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The authors show how such postmodernist thinkers as Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard illuminate puzzling aspects of education. They argue that educational theory is currently at an impasse, and that we need these new and disturbing ideas in order to think again fruitfully and creatively about education.

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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897895118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897895118
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do we think enough about education? But perhaps the question ought to be is it indeed education that we think about? This is a book that will connect us to a group of thinkers - connected by their association with postmodernism - distinguished by waking us up to dimensions of living life and what it might mean: the essential starting places for any sophisticated thinking about eduction in the 21st century as opposed to some rationalistic reduction of it. If readers are put off by the term postmodernism, rest assured that this book teaches us how to deal with such a slippery notion - one needs not to defend it, deconstruct it, or attack it so much as think within the spaces it opens up. And that's what this book demonstrates making it a wonderful educational model for thinking the educational endeavor. But, not only that, it also serves as an excellent introduction to some of the most significant postmodernist thinkers associated with postmodernism but that too many of us outside the halls of academia are likely to want to avoid in fear of being sucked into some kind of intellectual labyrinth. Happily, the book avoids this and shows us what we can do with postmodernist thinking when it is applied to education - and perhaps what we ought to to in the interests of sustaining our humanity. Lofty themes - yes. But the book shows we ignore such things at our peril and usefully points out those current "educational" policies and developments that seem to do precisely that. Finally, this book, as behoves its educational mission, happens also to be a good literary experience. I get the sense that the writers have taken extreme care in crafting each chapter to be more than merely instructive: we are shown and not just told. Highly recommended - I wish I'd read it when it first came out.
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