In this study a teacher trainer analyses 56 papers from the journal Educational Studies and, applying specific criteria, determines the extent to which their content can be said to have applications to and implications for educational practice. Section 1 of the study explores the general context of the sample papers. Findings here show that in this set of papers the academic research is conducted and written almost exclusively by staff within Schools of Education in Higher Education Institutions ; that the (...) authorship includes a higher proportion of males than females; that research style is mainly empirical and that gender may play a role in the research style itself; and, significantly for this study, that the titles of these papers, when considered exclusively, imply a close association with the classroom context. In Section 2, a systematic scrutiny of the content of a sub-sample of the papers reveals a significant trend of potential, as opposed to actual relevance to educational policy and practice—at variance with the findings for the study of their titles alone in Section 1. Additional findings are that there is little evidence in the papers of direct collaboration between HEIs and schools. Finally, Section 3 contains the authors personal reflections on communication of the research message within the sample and ways are suggested in which the writing in academic journals generally might be made barrier-free to the wider educational community. Concluding comments tend to be made as appropriate within the body of the paper at the point of discussion. The main conclusion briefly considers the role of Initial Teacher Training tutors in Higher Education, and the issue of monitoring language and communication style in academic research. (shrink)
In this article I argue that Adorno makes an internal critique of instrumental reason. I depict Adorno's notion of instrumental reason by showing how he combines Freud's materialistic epistemology with his own German Idealist inheritance. I outline his argument for the decline of instrumental reason into mythic 'animism'. Key Words: Adorno animism enlightenment Freud instrumental reason myth.
Adorno and Benjamin offer us an aesthetic concept, that of aura. The analysis of this has tended to circumnavigate the concept, that is, it has examined the historical dimension to aura, or turned to the texts of Adorno and Benjamin with a view to finding discrepancies between their theses. However, the important conceptual detail has not been explored with suf ficient rigour. My question is a simple one: what is aura? How do we piece together its various features such as (...) 'a feeling of distance', 'pointing beyond a work's givenness' and 'a capacity to look back'? I provide a more in-depth and thoroughgoing analysis of these qualities and their interrelation than has so far been offered. I also argue for the relevance of aura to modernity. (shrink)
In a recent article Yvonne Chiu argues that nonuniformed combat is impermissible. However, her argument that by fighting without uniforms nonuniformed guerillas coerce civilians into participating in the armed conflict and thus into surrendering their immunity (their right not to be attacked) fails: there is no coercion, no participation, and no surrendering of immunity. Yet even if this argument of hers were correct, it would still not show that such “coercion” would amount to a rights infringement. Moreover, even if (...) it did, there are examples that show that such an infringement would sometimes be perfectly justified. Finally, if she were right that forcing civilians into a moral position that they have not accepted or chosen is absolutely wrong, then this would affect the moral status of uniformed combatants no less than it would affect the moral status of nonuniformed ones. (shrink)
À une époque où l'on constate la présence massive des femmes dans le monde public, féminisant la culture, Yvonne Knibiehler lance son défi provocant : comment les femmes peuvent-t-elles contribuer à faire avancer la réflexion sur les questions de la sexualité, notamment en ce qui concerne les relations entre les sexes et l'éducation sexuelle des jeunes, alors que la fête libératrice de la Révolution sexuelle est finie ? Comment construire au présent une éducation des jeunes à la sexual..
Yvonne Knibiehler continue son histoire des mères commencée il y a quelques années et arrêtée au seuil des ses propres enfantements, comme elle le rappelle dans l'introduction. L'entreprise n'est pourtant pas aisée. Non pas que le sujet déborderait trop sur l'intime de la chercheuse. L'égo-histoire, qui ne rime décidément pas avec l'histoire tout court, ne dépasse pas les premières pages de l'ouvrage. Mais le sujet est miné, piégé de l'intérieur par une charge idéologique hors du commu..
Cet ouvrage reprend sous forme remaniée les actes du colloque « Germaine Poinso-Chapuis, témoin de son temps » organisé à Marseille par l'association Les Femmes et la Ville (20-22 novembre 1997). Il répare heureusement l'oubli injuste d'une figure majeure de l'histoire de l'après-guerre. Moins connue que les femmes sous-secrétaires d'État du Front populaire alors qu'elle est la première femme ministre de plein exercice, moins populaire que Simone Veil alors qu'elle a été députée pendan..