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Chomsky on education

Corson, David J 1980 , 'Chomsky on education', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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There are no published books by Noam Chomsky which concern themselves
with education or which are written with educationists in mind as the
intended and specific audience. Of his many published articles, only one
short paper deals specifically with some of his views on education, and,
even here, mainly in the general philosophical terms of the humanistic
conception of education. Yet Chomsky's influence on courses of teacher
training and on the teaching of language, by any standard, is immense. At
the same time it would be reasonable to assume that the classroom teacher
has only a vague impression of Chomsky's significance for education.
What are his attitudes towards those areas of education to which he
has directly contributed? To what other areas has he turned his attention
and how has he attempted to influence them indirectly through his writings? .
To what extent do his published writings reveal his attitudes toward
pedagogy? Is his philosophy of education clearly and cogently revealed
in his works? What can be deduced about his attitudes to the "institution"
(in a sociological sense) of education? Are his attitudes consistent and
do they have a common source?
This study explores each text and published paper of ChomsKy, from
his most productive and diversified period, in order to extrapolate all
references to education, as defined within certain narrow and exclusive limits.
The period selected, the method of extrapolation and the definitive
boundaries applied, are discussed more fully in the INTRODUCTION which
From each extrapolated reference, wherever it is more than incidental,
and from its context, inferences are made which comment upon and try to
reveal Chomsky's attitudes to education, as it is narrowly and exclusively
defined in the INTRODUCTION.
Part One of the study briefly describes Chomsky's place in that
disciplinary area where he has made his most notable contributions;
theoretical linguistics and linguistic philosophy. Each of Parts Two,
-Three and Four deals with a chronological period, extrapolating references
from all the published works which have relevance in the terms of this
study. Part Five collates and categorises the many attitudes inferred
and discussed in Parts Two to Four.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Corson, David J
Keywords: Chomsky, Noam, Linguistics, Language and education
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Thesis (M.Ed.)--Tasmanain College of Advanced Education, 1980. Includes bibliographical references

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