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Postmodernism in Education

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melanie queener

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Transcript of Postmodernism in Education

What is Postmodernism?
Postmodernism is a pluralistic worldview that states that there is no one truth but rather multiple subjective interpretations and all individual truths have equal opportunity.
Postmodern Educational Theory
What is it?
It is a change from the current modern perspective of education. This theory emphasizes the uniqueness of each student and allows them to create their own environment in which to learn.

What does Postmodern Education Value?
Allowing for diversity: expression of different cultures and values
Equality: all have equal power; students and teachers alike
The importance of creativity: encourages different ways of thinking
The importance of emotions
Intuition: thinking differently as opposed to a linear, rational thought
Freedom of expression
Risk taking in the classroom
Benefits of Postmodernism
Aims towards individual instruction instead of large group instruction found in regular classrooms
Inspires children to be creative and unique instead of following the average path
Knowledge is always changing and there is always opportunities to learn something new
Student's individual needs are adhered to
Problems and Questions
Some structure is needed in the classroom
Children need leadership and some form of right and wrong
Would all children receive the same education?
Unfair advantages to some?
Why does this matter?
Should we implement this change into modern education?
Modern Methods vs Postmodern
Decline in Higher Education
Dr. Tawa Anderson is a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University. He makes a strong point about the need for an absolute truth and why a postmodernistic approach can prove harmful for higher education.
Postmodernism in Education
Modern Methods
Educators are administers figures who set rules and regulations
People are held to the same standard no matter what culture or background
There are limitations to learning styles
Structure and curriculum are strongly supported
Postmodern Methods
Teachers work as co-"constructors" of instruction with student
Emphasized creativity and diverse learning environments
Allows for a different cultural backgrounds to be expressed
Multiple truths and values that can be expressed by both the student and the teacher.
Yes We Should:
No we shouldn't:
My Opinion:
Works Cited
Boboc, Marius, and R. D. Nordgren. "Modern And Post-Modern Teacher
Education: Revealing Contrasts In Basic Educational Beliefs And Practice." Journal Of Research In Innovative Teaching 7.1 (2014): 14-26. Education Research Complete. Web. 1 Apr. 2015.
"Comparing Modernist and Postmodern Educational Theory." Xenos
Christian Fellowship. Xenos Christian Fellowship, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
"Postmodernism And You." Inplainsite.org. Inplainsite,org, n.d. Web. 01
Apr. 2015.
Those in favor of heavy implementation of postmodernism in our current education system argue that a this approach enhances the education of children. Working with children in a postmodern perspective allows them to think differently and enhance their creatively. An aspect of the postmodern perspective focuses on the different cultures that are in our society and encourages expression of those cultures. Another aspect of postmodern education that some argue to benefit the child is the fact that the teacher works with the child individually as apposed to treating a child like just another member of the class. This assesses individual needs and helps the child find an ideal learning environment in which the child feels comfortable expressing himself or herself.
Those opposed to the aspect of a postmodern educational system emphasize the need for a basic structure in education. If there is no universal truth to follow then what is the purpose of learning if all of our individual thoughts could be considered true? Aspects of learning would not progress into the vast discoveries that have occured today if we just accepted any persons individual beliefs or realities. Science is a form of thinking where there is one defined truth and if we were taught to think postmodernly, discoveries would cease because there would be no use in finding one defined truth. Because of the fact an individual believes in their own truth without questioning it, there would be no motivation for research. Postmodern education would cease the desire for knowledge and discovery in science.
I personally believe that a postmodern perspective could be quite beneficial to today's education system. Before this class I had always believed in the modern perspective of education where there is one teacher instructing and lecturing to a classroom. In this class, however, we each teach the class in our own way through a lecture assignment and I think that is a very postmodern way of teaching and has also proven helpful. By teaching others and going outside of my role as a student I actually learned more about the topic. However, I do believe in the modern way of teaching as well. Some aspects of education are better learned by a simple lecture and written information. In many of my science classes I learn much better when the teacher just gives us the facts as opposed to them trying to incorporate activities where we teach ourselves or others. Overall, I now believe in the use of a postmodern look on education, but I do believe that there is a time and a place for it and it only benefits certain types of learning.
Asks the questions:
What need does it fulfill?
How does it function within this context?
What does it do?
Truth in this worldview is located in our individual sensations, interpretations, and the context.
What Can I Take From This?
1. Is there reason to worry about postmodern thinking and a decline in higher education?
I personally don't see any immediate concern for postmodern thinking in higher education. I think that thinking differently is a good foundation for discovering new things.
2. Does postmodern thinking pose a danger to science?
I believe that postmodernism and science havet the potential of working hand in hand. Attempting to make your reality credible, you may discover new scientific evidence that can potentially advance humankind.
3. Can Postmodernism play a beneficial role in higher education?
I think that including a postmodern perspective would induce creativity in aspects of learning like art and music and allow for more unique perspectives.
What Might This Look Like in a Classroom?
Applying a postmodern perspective in a classroom may prove to be beneficial in creativity and a more diverse outcome. The way I see the implication of postmodernism is through lower education such as elementary schools. With elementary schools, typically students are taught by a single teacher and they work on activities provided by the instructor. By adopting a posternmodern outlook, the school day could adopt a creative period during the day for students to express themselves and enhance their creativity.
In higher education, postmodernism could play a factor in more expressive classes like art, literature, music and creative thinking. Here the students could express their own views and opinions in a sort of reversal scenario where they teach and the instructor listens. By having the students give a lesson about the material in their interpretation, they will use postmodern methods by showing their perspectives, or realities, on the pertaining information.
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