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    These downloads begin with the final stage of the project - the design of two facilities - one a building rehab, the other, a green-field site. The designs were completed over a three month period by students and lecturers at the Unitec School of Architecture in Auckland, working closely with…
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               A critical Book Review of Peter Mclaren and Joe Kincheloe's 2007 book, Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? Title: Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now?Author(s): Peter Mclaren and Joe L. KincheloePublisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New YorkISBN: 0820481475Pages: 411,Year:  2007.    To download the PDF click…
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  • Critical Theory in a Bicultural Tertiary Environment
    This is a copy of a presentation I gave at the Malcolm Murchie and Hiko o Hohepa Lecture Series at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua, New Zealand on 9th August, 2012. That presentation - Critical Theory in a Bicultural; Tertiary Education Environment was the culmination and integration of…
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The Education system fosters and nourishes an ethic oc competition, in learning, in sport and in public everyday life. Competition is seen as necessary and good in Western capitalist society, and we seldom stop to scrutinise it under a critical gaze. Drawing heavily on the work of social scientist Alfie Kohn, this essay interrogates the role of competition as an instrument in the creation and maintenance of the capitalist system of production. It suggests that competition is neither good nor benign, but corrosive and addictive, to social life and that it needs to be abandoned as an underlying ethic within the education system, to be replaced with an ethic of mutual care, support and co-operation.
 
Issues covered include:
  • The Reproduction of the Social Relations of Competition
  • Different Forms of Competition
  • Competition and Performance
  • Competition and Pleasure
  • Competition as Addiction
  • Competition and The Social Construction of Neurosis
  • Competition and The Social Construction of Personality
  • Competition and The Social Construction of Conformism
  • Competition and The Social Construction of Individualism.
  • Competition and the Social Construction of "A People". 
  • Public Education: A Possible Space for Social Transformation?

 

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