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"I am . . .not yet": Maxine Greene's Notion of Naming and Becoming

Neider, Christine Debelak (2016) "I am . . .not yet": Maxine Greene's Notion of Naming and Becoming. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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I identify and study Naming, within the existential and phenomenological work of Maxine Greene, as a praxis for teachers. As a teacher, I am wondering if Naming is a useful philosophical orientation for teachers so that we can counter the data-and-expert-driven, student-as-product, teacher-as-mechanized-cog-yet-solely-accountable narrative about education and open space for ourselves to engage in teaching as human beings. Can a Naming praxis encourage our own Becoming? Can a Naming praxis help us more closely align our teaching with our ethics? I make my inquiry by writing my experiences autobiographically and critically interpreting them in dialogue (a Naming itself) with other teachers, with cultural voices, and with discourses of scholarship. Further, conducting my study “upon myself,” I enact a Naming praxis and may therefore determine whether I find myself able to imagine alternate possibilities for Being and whether I am more closely aligned with my ethical sensibilities. In my portrayal, then, I provide an aesthetic experience for my fellow teachers to Name and Imagine their own praxis or orientation toward teaching as a human being. The work of this study demonstrates a normed understanding of the role of teacher and how that mindset might limit teachers in their ethical Becoming with their students. I offer a Naming praxis as a possible orientation countering this mindset and action toward a teacher’s ethical work and life.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Neider, Christine Debelakcln18@pitt.eduCLN18
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGarman,
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michael
Committee MemberLake, Robert
Committee MemberMcMahon, Patricia
Committee MemberCarr, Jean Ferguson
Date: 3 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2016
Approval Date: 3 June 2016
Submission Date: 28 April 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 320
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maxine Greene, praxis, naming, teacher education, philosophy of education, currere, teacher lore
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2016 14:31
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:33


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