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Re/de/signing the world : postructuralism, deconstruction and 'reality' in outdoor/environmental education research

Gough, Noel and Sellers, Warren 2004, Re/de/signing the world : postructuralism, deconstruction and 'reality' in outdoor/environmental education research, in Connections and disconnections : examining the reality and rhetoric : International Outdoor Education Research Conference, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Vic., pp. 1-21.

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Title Re/de/signing the world : postructuralism, deconstruction and 'reality' in outdoor/environmental education research
Author(s) Gough, Noel
Sellers, Warren
Conference name International Outdoor Education Research Conference (2004 : Bendigo, Vic.)
Conference location Bendigo, Vic.
Conference dates 6-9 July 2004
Title of proceedings Connections and disconnections : examining the reality and rhetoric : International Outdoor Education Research Conference
Publication date 2004
Start page 1
End page 21
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Bendigo, Vic.
Summary This paper examines rhetorical constructions of ‘reality’ in selected outdoor/environmental education discourses-practices.1 Many outdoor/environmental educators privilege philosophical realism coupled with suspicion towards poststructuralism(s) and deconstruction. From a postlogographic position on language, we argue that producing texts is a method of inquiry, an experience and performance of semiosis-in-use as we sign (and de/sign) the world into existence. This re/de/signed world never represents the ‘real’ world precisely or completely, and in this paper we explore and enact modes of textual (and extratextual) production that struggle to retain a poststructuralist skepticism towards representational claims without falling into antirealist language games. We focus in particular on Deleuzean concepts of ‘rhizomatic’ inquiry and nomadic textuality as enabling dispositions for re/de/signing worlds in which realities and representations are mutually constitutive (rather than dialectically related).
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
Copyright notice ©2004, La Trobe University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015809

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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