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The Uncertainty of Certainty: Exploring a Dialectic

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dc.contributor.advisor Marcelo, Leon B. en_US
dc.contributor.author Marcelo, Leon Becker en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T17:35:12Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:47:05Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T17:35:12Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:47:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier Marcelo_grad.sunysb_0771E_10770 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/59781 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71338 en_US
dc.description 257 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract The fostering of a dialectic between Certainty and Uncertainty and the perspectives of reality and "truth" that each engenders is necessary for writing and the teaching of writing. This necessity arises from the fact that a privileging of either extreme, at the expense of the other, is antithetical to work for the progress of not simply the teaching of writing but of the greater society and culture to which it would serve. Whether the pursuit of Certainty that culminated in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America in the birth of "Current-Traditional Rhetoric" or, conversely, the pursuit of Uncertainty that spread throughout academia during the "Post-Modern" era, either choice is detrimental to those who would strive for that progress within academic writing instruction and beyond. In the end, both possibilities serve the continuation and profusion of the status quo. The strict worship of either of these supposed contraries begets the very same dualistic, "black or white" perceptions. Through my research, I explore those separate pursuits and then examine the possibilities for founding this crucial dialectic between them. I also investigate not simply how I have attempted to pursue that dialectic in my own writing classes but also the results of those attempts. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rhetoric--Philosophy of education--History of education en_US
dc.subject.other Dialectic, John Dewey, Peter Elbow, Reflective Thinking, Uncertainty, William Perry en_US
dc.title The Uncertainty of Certainty: Exploring a Dialectic en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Belanoff, Pat en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Dunn, Patricia en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Denny, Harry en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Yood, Jessic en_US

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