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Colonizing the Student: “Constructive & Chaotic”

24 February 2010 Education

In a previous post, I demonstrated the number of different interpretations that exist in a classroom. The question that I left with was this: “How does this serve the student? Is it constructive or chaotic?” The answer to the latter question is “YES.”

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Colonizing the Student: “Creating Diversity and Difference”

31 January 2010 Education

The classroom is a text. Under traditional models of teaching, the teacher would be considered the author and the students are the readers. As the teacher attempts to convey monolithic meaning, the students receive and interpret the monolith in their own ways through their own viewpoints. Thus, if I have 15 students, then 16 of us are producing meaning: 1 author + 15 readers = 16 makers or meaning.

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Colonizing the Student: “Craving Difference”

15 January 2010 Education

Now we come it: colonizing the student. What do I mean by that?

As I mentioned earlier, I think that the relationship between teacher and student could, in dysfunctional situations, be compared to the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized.

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