Teaching Against the Grain: Texts for a Pedagogy of Possibility

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - Education - 172 pages
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Conceiving of pedagogy as a form of cultural politics and teachers, therefore, as cultural workers, Simon offers a fresh vision of the notion of pedagogy. Grounded in an ethical and political stance devoted to the advancement of human dignity, Simon reflexively considers the basis on which teachers form their own dispositions and feelings, and urges them to consider not only what they might do as teachers but what social visions are supported by their practices. In this in-depth discussion of the requirements for a pedagogy of possibility, Simon highlights the significance of his theoretical commitment as applied to educational practice.

To illustrate the ways that pedagogy is implicated in the construction of a social imaginary, Simon explores how the substance of schooling might be recast in a way that involves the work of teaching in reconstituting a progressive moral project for education that can constitute part of a broadly based social transformation. He subsequently offers a social vision on which a pedagogy of possibility might be founded, and shows how schools, along with other sites of cultural production, may be understood as integral to the struggle to establish such a vision. In addition, he discusses in detail how a practice of pedagogy might be conceptualized that would help establish concrete forms of hopeful practice.

 

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Contents

On Disruptive Daydreams
3
The Horizon of Possibility
13
Teachers as Cultural Workers
35
Pedagogy as Political Practice
55
Reinventing Practice
77
The Fear of Theory
79
Beyond the Racist Text Jewish Applause for a Yiddish Shylock
101
What Schools Can Do Designing Programs for Work Education That Challenge the Wisdom of Experiences
121
Remembrance as a Source of Radical Renewal
137
Bibliography
157
Index
165
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ROGER I. SIMON is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Simon has conducted extensive research and authored numerous publications in the areas of critical pedagogy and cultural studies--work that emphasizes both theory and concrete application. He is co-author, with Don Dippo and Arleen Schenke, of Learning Work: A Critical Pedagogy of Work Education (Bergin & Garvey, 1991).

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