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Ivie, Stanley D. – McGill Journal of Education, 2017
Metaphor is a critical tool for thought. Lying at the heart of every systematic body of knowledge are three root metaphors--mechanism, organism, and mind. Historically, schools of philosophy--realism, naturalism, and idealism--have grown up around these metaphors. The root metaphors and their corresponding philosophies provide the paradigms…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Educational Philosophy, Models, Educational History
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Bofelo, Mphutlane; Shah, Anitha; Moodley, Kessie; Cooper, Linda; Jones, Barbara – McGill Journal of Education, 2013
This article argues that the model of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in use at the Workers' College in South Africa may be seen as a form of "radical pedagogy." Drawing on documentary sources, focus group interviews with staff, and observations, it describes an educational philosophy which aims to build the competencies of activists…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prior Learning, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Elayassa, Wajih – McGill Journal of Education, 2013
Due to the political context and the restrictions placed on general freedoms and trade union activities, workers' education in Palestine remained informal and largely reliant on oral memory until the early 1990s. For decades, it was an integral part of political education. Workers' education only became a stand-alone field after the establishment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Labor Education, Educational Development, Social Influences
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Loughland, Tony; Bowen, Margo – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
This paper analyses the uncertain foundations of the use of action research in a graduate teaching degree. This analysis is conducted by the course coordinator in partnership with a recent graduate. The uncertainty is traced to the pedagogical incoherence of the course that is caused by philosophical infidelity. The philosophy and practice of the…
Descriptors: Action Research, Preservice Teacher Education, Internship Programs, Partnerships in Education
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Anderson, Michael James; Freebody, Kelly J. – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
Teacher education in universities is under pressure. In many new education policies there is a renewed focus on teacher quality, and therefore quality initial teacher education. In some countries this renewed focus has led to a resurgence of "alternative approaches" to teacher education such as Teach for America / Australia. One of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Development
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Lenoir, Yves – McGill Journal of Education, 2011
This article underscores the need for a profound transformation in the training processes of future teachers, and thereby in teaching practices. The text first presents various grounds for this transformation, citing social, economic-political, teleological, axiological, epistemological, and psychological factors. It then focuses on teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Educational Change
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Provencal, Johanne – McGill Journal of Education, 2008
The author brings together Paulo Freire and Jurgen Habermas to ask whether dialogue is possible in the classroom or whether, in a culture of rational debate, the classroom becomes more oppressive than democratic? In a voice and style that attempts to invite the skeletons out of the classroom closet, the author asks scholarly readers to lend an…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Democratic Values, Classroom Environment, Theory Practice Relationship
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Ivie, Stanley D. – McGill Journal of Education, 2007
Humanity delights in spinning conceptual models of the world. These models, in turn, mirror their respective root metaphors. Three root metaphors--spiritual, organic, and mechanical--have dominated western thought. The spiritual metaphor runs from Plato, through Hegel, and connects with Montessori. The organic metaphor extends from Aristotle,…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Models, Educational Objectives, Role of Education
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Berger, Paul; Epp, Juanita Ross – McGill Journal of Education, 2006
Practices exist in Nunavut schools that were reported by "Qallunaat" (non-Inuit) teachers in Berger's (2001) study to "work," but that seem to be against historical Inuit culture. In this paper we discuss dangers in using such practices in schools that already erode Inuit culture, and also reasons to consider their use, then…
Descriptors: Rewards, Eskimos, Canada Natives, Educational Practices
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Van Heertum, Richard; Share, Jeff – McGill Journal of Education, 2006
A broader view of literacy has emerged as part of the larger debate about educational reform across the globe. Many now argue that availing children with additional skills in technological and media literacy will foster creativity, motivate youth, and improve their economic opportunities while increasing the core of high skilled labourers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Economic Opportunities, Educational Change
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Egbo, Benedicta – McGill Journal of Education, 2005
This paper explores the prospects of using critical realism as a guiding philosophy for critical inquiry in the field of educational administration. A relatively recent philosophy in the social sciences, critical realism offers an alternative framework for researchers engaged in empirical work that is aimed at transforming undesirable social…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Models, Social Science Research, Realism
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Corbett, Mike – McGill Journal of Education, 2004
It has been nearly fifty years since the publication of "So Little for the Mind," Hilda Neatby's controversial conservative attack on what she understood as "progressive education." This paper argues that Neatby's book remains important reading despite its limitations and its context. Neatby's work represents what I call a…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Political Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Public Education
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Katz, Steven; Earl, Lorna; Olson, David – McGill Journal of Education, 2001
Focuses on two definitions of competence pertaining to education: (1) collective or (2) subjective conceptions. Explores the implications of both views of competence. Addresses the paradox of classroom assessment that relates to the two notions of competence. Includes references. (CMK)
Descriptors: Competence, Curriculum, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories
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Ghosh, Ratna – McGill Journal of Education, 1995
Advocates moving multicultural education beyond ethnic awareness into a more theoretical and constructive phase. Argues for incorporating epistemological theories regarding the subjectivity of knowledge with an awareness of the interdependence of different cultures. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy
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Campbell, Mark Robin; Burdell, Patricia A. – McGill Journal of Education, 1996
Compares and contrasts two vastly different approaches to music education instruction among undergraduate elementary and music teacher education students. Identifies these approaches as "making musicians" versus "being a role model." Examines these differences manifested in the identity, function, and role of the teachers.…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Education
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