Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Poststructuralism and Education

  • Michael A. PetersEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_360


Poststructuralism has its origins in European formalism and has strong affinities and continuities with its predecessor paradigm “structuralism” as well as some critical theoretical differences. Both movements have had a strong impact and continuing on educational philosophy and theory especially in relation to questions of the text, criticism, reading, writing and the philosophy of the subject. The twin movements have exercised deep influence in most sub-fields of education. As a movement of thought it has impacted widely in education – not only philosophy but also in policy, feminist thought and postcolonial studies. This chapter charts some of the most significant of poststructuralist developments and their impacts in education. It comments on its emergence and traces its affinities and differences.

Poststructuralism will be resisted in the domain of educational theory and research for some time to come not only for the reason that this domain, at least in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand