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Fictions for representing and generating semiotic consciousness: the crime story and educational inquiry

Gough, Noel 2002, Fictions for representing and generating semiotic consciousness: the crime story and educational inquiry, International journal of applied semiotics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 59-76.

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Title Fictions for representing and generating semiotic consciousness: the crime story and educational inquiry
Author(s) Gough, Noel
Journal name International journal of applied semiotics
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 59
End page 76
Publisher Atwood Publishing
Place of publication Madison, WI
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1488-0733
Summary This essay appraises the work of fiction in representing and generating semiotic consciousness in education by examining three intertextual continuities between crime fiction and stories of educational inquiry. First, many reports of educational research resemble detective stories in their quests to determine the (or a) “truth” about something that is problematic or puzzling and this essay describes some of the ways in which the characteristic investigatory methods of fictional detectives resemble forms of educational inquiry. Second, the characteristic ways in which detective stories generate interpretations are compared with the textual strategies deployed in producing meanings and narratives in educational inquiry. Third, recent transformations of both detective fiction and educational inquiry are shown to be comparable — and intertextually linked — manifestations of cultural and semiotic shifts associated with postmodernity. I conclude by suggesting that authors of “anti-detective” crime fiction might provide more appropriate models of educational inquiry than do fictional detectives.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001440

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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