Critical Reflection and the Foreign Language Classroom

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Terry A. Osborn
IAP, 2000 - Education - 168 pages
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This book introduces pre-service and in-service foreign language teachers to the basic concepts of critical educational study as applied to the sociological position occupied by foreign language education in the US.

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Page xv - Raymond Williams's insight that the "deepest impulse (informing cultural politics) is the desire to make learning part of the process of social change...
Page xiv - ... privatization, vouchers, cultural uniformity, and choice, there are the often ignored larger social realities of material power and oppression. On the national level, there has been a vast resurgence of racism. This is evident in the passing of anti-immigration laws such as Proposition 187 in California, the dismantling of the welfare state, the demonization of black youth that is taking place in the popular media, and the remarkable attention provided by the media to forms of race talk that...
Page xv - Culture is committed to publishing work that opens a narrative space that affirms the contextual and the specific while simultaneously recognizing the ways in which such spaces are shot through with issues of power.
Page xvi - A. Giroux NOTES 1 . Lawrence Grossberg, "Toward a Genealogy of the State of Cultural Studies," in Gary Nelson and Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar, eds. Disciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies (New York: Routledge, 1996), 143. 2. David Bailey and Stuart Hall, "The Vertigo of Displacement,
Page xvi - Theory, Pedagogy, Politics: The Crisis of the 'Subject' in the Humanities," in Theory Pedagogy Politics: Texts for Change, Mas'ud Zavarzadeh and Donald Morton, eds. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992), 10. At issue here is neither ignoring the boundaries of discipline-based knowledge nor simply fusing different disciplines, but creating theoretical paradigms, questions, and knowledge that cannot be taken up within the policed boundaries of the existing disciplines. 4. Raymond Williams, "Adult...
Page xv - [e]very relationship of 'hegemony' is necessarily an educational relationship" — with its implication that education as a cultural pedagogical practice takes place across multiple sites as it signals how, within diverse contexts, education makes us both subjects of and subject to relations of power.
Page xiv - ... become endemic to the discourse of schooling and civic life. In its place, such educators strive to provide a language of hope that inextricably links the struggle over schooling to understanding and transforming our present social and cultural dangers. At the risk of overgeneralizing, both cultural studies theorists and critical educators have emphasized the importance of understanding theory as the grounded basis for "intervening into contexts and power ... in order to enable people to act...

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