The Effects of One-Dimensional Reasoning on Vocational Education: What if Marcuse went to NSCC?

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dc.contributor.author Wells-Hopey, Debra G.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-04T14:26:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-04T14:26:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10587/1829
dc.description.abstract This thesis will argue that NSCC is an ideological construct that is part of a larger apparatus of administered domination. Such a claim is highly contentious, yet I will seek to show that any critique of the college is, a-priori, designed to be unacceptable by the same administrative environment in which the college exists. This paper shall draw upon Herbert Marcuse’s theory of One-dimensional reasoning to illustrate why NSCC is a manifestation of oppression, and how this is a result of a technologically administered society that represses the act of critical thinking. I assert that when reason is no longer critical, it inhibits the ability to think in terms of abstracts or universals (justice, freedom, equality, etc.) and becomes only a tool for attainment of ends and, therefore, is a threat to learner’s agency. If there is no room, a priori, for critical thought at NSCC, what are they in truth doing there? And what does this mean for those who “choose” to attend? In short, I will initially critique the college in light of its adherence to one-dimensional reasoning, show why this is threat to agency, examine critiques that challenge this theory and, finally, attempt to reconcile these tensions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Mount Saint Vincent University en_US
dc.subject One-dimensional reasoning, vocational education, en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title The Effects of One-Dimensional Reasoning on Vocational Education: What if Marcuse went to NSCC? en_US
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