Theory and experience of relationships from a phenomenological perspective

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Carolyn Marie Steele (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This dissertation focuses on selected educational theories of relationships and personal experiences from a phenomenological research methodology. It assumes that we undergo a dialectic between theory and practice of relationships where we modify or reconstruct one on the basis of the other. Acting as a structuring device for interpreting our experiences, theory gives us explanations for why we engage in encounters with others, nature, and possibly a spiritual Being. Chapter one critically examines pertinent educational theories, particulary Martin Buber, Paulo Freire, and Sharon Welch. Each theorists gives a somewhat different dimension for interpreting our relationships. Buber adds basic ground work for comparing some types of relationships—I-It, IThou, and I-Eternal Thou—while Freire contributes a political perspective of oppressed and oppressor individuals. Welch, additionally, supplies a female perspective on the praxis of relationships, the union of theory and practice supplemented by critical reflection.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Interpersonal relations
Education $x Philosophy

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