HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the
globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left
us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned,
creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His
work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational
process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and
empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved
To become a seeker of
new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools
of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never make a better investment…..we
all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just the beginning, you can begin with
the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT
JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh, and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have
some important updates soon.
believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction not only provide us with a new
understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity, yikes! I understand the danger
of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers." ~ Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)
Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
your work is
truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization
of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur.
Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple
forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent
perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.
in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of
course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An
exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging
hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research
and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more
aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth
critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results
in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic
processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated
problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound
solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would
be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This
is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may
very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated,
power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated
primary purpose of his work.
researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many
years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal
hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging
over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems,
with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.
Simultaneously, those power dimensions
that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there
is such a difference to how I deal with these
than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment"
process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.
There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged
by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and
as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences
- the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions
also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating
easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low
Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able
to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for
an Eros and Psyche. :)
The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing
rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to
construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities.
More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will
lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom
and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in
today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a
difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex
epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process
he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's
reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic
forms of research.
On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application
of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his
bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many
paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and
theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all
venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical
approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights
actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.
I may write a blog again on this site, but it
will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing
my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage
research that's ever been developed.
~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL
Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails
incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated
and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses,
there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs
accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts
of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended"
(2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering
and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have
found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria
here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.
What I cover next are common misconceptions and important
aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page
of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation
and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.
1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic"
or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can
easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out
the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used. FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).
2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed
and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical
Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s
a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology
of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity
– another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative
that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and
to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses
bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness"
(Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8).
3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple,
intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means
and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as
they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's
conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2,
above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).
4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process
involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive
“quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological
exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what
evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional
ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic,
intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and
the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable
metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage.
5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types
of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to
examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the
multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On
to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See
6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses
them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment”
keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the
research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are
used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving
through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political
bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7)
critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future
oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work
moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs
enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out,
around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple
dimensions of analysis simultaneously.
7) Note again – the philosophical dimension
must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing
line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).
8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage
embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension
aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and
explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that
also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses
synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of
something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships,
as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding
“anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas,
concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions.
This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and
Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing.
9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve
discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge
“that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and
yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.”
10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of
the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started
from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the
same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem
to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous
are the actions and creations that emerge.
11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book,
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand
of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to
read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because
it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on
the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness.
Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition
4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b).
Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c).
Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research:
Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d).
Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e).
Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
New York: Peter Lang.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.
May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding
Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us
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THE WORD has Come Down: An Update about the Bricolage Quick-Start Guides
This is just an update to my last blog. The word has come down that I am actually to present three “Quick-Start Guides.”
The first one will be geared for high school and college students; the second one will be geared for scholarly research; and
the third one will be geared for teachers and professors who want to add the instruction of this form of bricolage to their
note that these manuals do not replace any of Kincheloe’s works, but rather serve as guides for a process
for learning the skills needed for his critical complex epistemology and his multidimensional critical complex
bricolage and to direct new bricoleurs to which of Kincheloe’s works might prove most fruitful at their particular
stage of learning. Indeed, I should earn a royalty from Kincheloe’s works for all of this effort because no doubt sales
of his books will increase, as they should. But I don’t receive royalties for sales and that’s ok. I am already
so very blessed and just want to put his amazing work out in a way that everyone might be successful with using his powerful
form of learning and research to enhance their educational experiences.
The first Quick-Start Guide (for high school and
college students) is about half-way finished and I expect it will be available within a couple of weeks, with the second and
then the third to follow. Eventually, I will also suggest curricular activities and make recommendations for teaching K-12
students skills that will prepare them for learning the more advanced processes of this unique form of bricolage.
The Scams All Around You and Why Itís So Important That You Do Your Own Research
The knowledge Joe left behind—this PROCESS for critical complex epistemology
and the multidimensional critical complex bricolage is absolutely essential for navigating the massive deception
that continues all around you.
Every day, all around you, the ignorance of truth,
the lies and deception, the growing hegemonic perpetuation of the status quo, the mad, evil, and violent desecration of humanity
itself and the earth, the chaos and confusion of what’s truth, reality, or fiction continue to grow expeditiously. Those
of us who speak to truth, self-empowerment, and the creation of a better future for all of humanity are attacked viciously.
We see these virulent attacks as PROOF.
Proof of what? you might
It is proof that we are indeed on the right track—we are walking the “golden path”
which we generously share widely—so widely that it proves as a threat to those who make their megabucks off pabulum
and lies that serve to dumb people down and keep them chasing after dark fantasies that they, the dominant power
create for us. And so those whose megabucks and power are threatened react in the only ways they know how (based on very old
paradigms that no longer work): with their powerful connections they can prevent people from receiving their PhDs, they can
force people who don’t play the game by their rules into poverty, they can withhold opportunities, and when that doesn’t
get the results they want, they can devise even more virulent attacks such as facebook attacks, nasty email grams, berating,
gang attacks, and yes—even murder and genocide. Ask the indigenous peoples, Martin Luther King, Sam Cooke, John F. Kennedy,
musicians, and the many, many other people whose deaths are highly suspicious and who suffered such fate for speaking to truth,
freedom, justice, and the self-empowerment of the people.
Thus, Joe’s work is more important than you can possibly conceive.
more important to me than I envision, even though I can conceptualize the many applications this seemingly extremely complicated
process holds for freeing us all from slavery, for opening our minds to the multitudes of creative possibilities for human
existence, and for bringing us all together once and for all in a world in which we are unified in our diversity—a world
in which we love each other because of our differences. This is in exact opposition to what the “New World
Order” (a very real threat to humanity) would have us achieve. They want a “One World Order” of “unity”
as defined by dull, ignorant, “sameness,” one in which they, alone dictate to us all what is considered “normal.”
And as Joe has clearly shown us in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, what is “normal”
is very sick.
There are so many cards
now stacked against us, even more than when he wrote that book, that we literally have no choice but to employ a very complex
process to navigate our way through the deviant matrix all around us—to our freedom. We, who are being oppressed, will
understand how this process works.
Joe’s process is so complex, in
fact, that the only ones who will ever understand it and apply it in ways that will work are those of us who can see the ties
that bind us, those of us who have goodness in our hearts, the desire to do the right things, those of us who know there is
good and evil and, thus, those of us who choose the higher road. Those who continue to work toward self-serving aggrandizement
and egomaniacal ambitions will never understand this process.
So don’t you see? We have the advantage, thanks to Joe.
Joe left us the process to free ourselves. Each one of us is held back by many forces from our full potential, the
full expression of our God-given abilities and talents. The matrix holds us tight, even though we may think we are working
of our own free will. There are always barriers, constraints, rules, procedures, codes, expectations, paradigms, ad infinitum,
that keep us locked in.
Maybe you’re like me; I used to believe all of this
was necessary and like a “good little girl” I always followed the rules. I always just “went along with
the program.” Until I fully realized that it doesn’t work and it will never work for anyone but for those who
maintain dominance, power, control, and all of the money—those who make the rules for us but have no rules for themselves.
I finally realized, thanks to Joe, that the only real rule we need to follow is LOVE. If we love each
other, the rest will follow. But that does not mean we ignore justice. Joe spoke of love and justice and so did Martin Luther
King, who stated, “Power without love is reckless and abusive,
and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice
at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”Martin
Luther King and Joe Kincheloe, as well as many other people who have been trying to get us to listen are right.
So is Joe’s process too complicated? You get lost going in circles? No worries! Check back soon
GUIDE FOR THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL CRITICAL COMPLEX BRICOLAGE!
there, the rest will be up to you. You can choose to support the “machine” and all of the bold-faced lies (more about those another time) that are so easy to believe because no work is needed and because
there are so many who will support you in their captivation with THE WRONG FAIRY TALES—or you can use the valuable information
Joe left for us and do the work required to build a whole new, beautiful and FREE way of living in this world, A NEW AND VERY
Yes, thishandymanual will be for sale right HERE on
this site. And not only that, I am honoring Joe’s wishes to keep books priced “less than $30.” Click on the link to see the actual email conversations he and I had when I was working with him, writing
a book for him just before he passed away in which he expressed this twice. I do plan to always honor his wishes.
All proceeds from the sale of this "less than $30" book will be used to pay for this
website and for putting Joe’s work out in ways that people can apply it in their daily lives, whether it’s for
rigorous scholarly research, revamping the educational system, for teaching and learning, for scientifically studying
human consciousness, for everyday living, or in order to hold local and national governments responsible for following
legal code to do what’s right for the tax-paying citizens they are supposed to be representing.
Anything is possible when you are free to dream again. It’s
a whole new world.
In his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Joe has asked us to offset thanatos with
Eros in our research and writing, and of course, in our teaching, learning and everyday living.
As he has explained,
"The positivist tradition has always been characterized by a darkness, a lack of respect for life force--an embrace of
critical theorist's Herbert Marcuse's (1955) notion of thantos (death instinct) in lieu of his eros (life impulse). The workings
of FIDUROD leave me cold. In their presence I feel like someone who just received a bad decision at the Last Judgment. A critical pedagogy
that constructs knowledge and formulates action based on eros with its drive to alleviate human suffering serves as a counterpoise
to the empire's positivistic thanatos" (p. 100).
Thus, he is calling for us to inject Eros Love into our
work, as I have written about before--or another term he uses is radical love--except that we are raising the bar.
In a new article, I have just written today, I guess due to the significance of this date, I take his
call seriously and inject my writing with Eros, quite literally and creatively, although it's not the first time I've done
that, of course.
Great Debate and How Kincheloe’s Key Codes Catalyze Getting Out of the Endless Ouroboros Cycle by Vanessa Paradis
September 11, 2013
Abstract This article uses as a framework a quotation from Joe
L. Kincheloe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction to examine hermeneutics as interpretation
in context with the rest of his legacy. There has been great contention over the use of hermeneutics and as all these debates
tend to go, they are dualistic in nature and, as a consequence, travel in an endless cycle of debate. This article explores
how Kincheloe provides a means to catalyze the conversation and get researchers out of the Ouroboros. It also provides an
idiosyncratic application, among many possibilities, of his Fourth Dimension Research and an example of following his recommendation
to “construct knowledge and formulate action based on eros with its drive to alleviate human suffering [that] serves
as a counterpoise to the empire’s positivistic thanatos" (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 100).
I have also been called upon to add yet another major page to this site--and
of course it makes absolute sense to do so given the huge role Hermes plays in Joe's work--thus I have added a "Fun Stuff" page and on it are CLUES (but not the answers) to some very funny puzzles, jokes, and encoded messages in
Joe's books. I will continue to add these as I recall them and find new ones (there are many still to be found!). EnJOY!
And this song was handed down to me from the cosmos--dedicated to bringing back EROS LOVE.
Natalie Cole - I've Got
Love on My Mind - The Natalie Cole Special 1978
Welcome to a new academic year! I hope this site on bricolage will be useful for your research. The web site
now has sufficient supplementary information to aid in understanding and applying Joe Kincheloe's multidimensional critical
complex epistemology and bricolage, the most powerful form of qualitative research ever developed—and as I have shown
in my dissertation, it is also the most rigorous empirical phenomenological process for studying cognition and consciousness
that’s been conceptualized.
will continue to add to the site as I can, but for now, the rest is up to you. Read, click on links, do more research in the
areas that interest you. Read his books and articles, including his seminal articles about bricolage posted here, his other works as relevant to your research, and Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing
the Bricolage, which he published with Kathleen Berry in 2004.And of course, bring new ideas to the
What you will discover once
you take this process deep, broad, high, and long enough, providing you begin from a place of passion as he recommends,
is that the answer is always the same: LOVE and UNITY. There are infinite ways to express that love and unity, however; we
all have something unique and profound to contribute, new insights and understandings, new creations--and engaging in this
process will bring these forth.
I posed this question to my Master Teacher: “The answer is love, but what was the question?” the answer I received
was, “Yes love is the answer. There never was a question.” [August 26, 2013]. We have never had any doubts; we have always known that love was the answer and that our love is eternal.
I believe it’s the reason we are all on this planet. I know it’s the reason I’m on this planet.
Thus, we seek, learn, and create out of passion
and love and for the pure joy of the experience, if we are able to take hold of our FREEDOM to do so. The questions we thought
we had are not questions at all; the questions (Joe’s “Level 3 questions”) emerge only as we engage our
passions deeply in learning and research, along with the seeking of ways to end all suffering. Solutions emerge from interactions
with the various dimensions of our project as we engage in the alternate “do-be” process and we move toward wisdom
(Goswami, Quantum Activism, 2013). The final answer is always love and then more love . . . and when we experience
that reality, we can fully experience love as an eternal evolution and creation process—always in relationship (Kincheloe’s
PARADIGMS ≠ FREEDOM
The key, however, is FREEDOM. Are we free if
we buy into paradigms and form our research around set paradigms? Are we allowing others to be free when we do this and impose
these limitations? What is the effect on those we research if we force their experiences into our research boxes? Is this
the way to freedom, equality, and empowerment? While it could be argued that if we contest paradigms altogether we are
not allowing others to be free to express from where they are in their understanding, I would argue that they are not free
or following their own passions if they’re adhering to research paradigms for the purpose of meeting someone else’s
definition of “quality” research or “that suit external criteria imposed by others (e.g., grant agencies,
journal reviewers, among others) that fail to respect diversity” (Ravenek & Rudman, 2013).
Multidimensional critical complex bricolage acknowledges that
paradigms still exist, are changing and evolving, but does not require that we adopt or adhere to any set paradigm. But rather,
we are compelled (by our passion-driven research) to view from as many windows as possible, as many perspectives as reasonable,
thus freeing the research process as it frees us. There is no final destination. Joe has stressed
that learning bricolage is a lifelong process, thus, we are always working toward "breaking free"
of constraints of various kinds, including paradigms, even as we continue to take on new ones, often unconsciously. Knowledge
is tentative and incomplete, he contends. Is that a paradigm or is it a truth that we are often in denial over? Thus,
the goal is to break free from paradigmatic thinking (Read: LIMITATIONS) or anything that restricts our view from
seeing the Great Wide Open, the enormous numbers of possibilities. Doing so contributes to seeing alternative and hopefully
better solutions to social problems and frees us from the limitations that paradigms are caught up in. It is safe to do this
from a strong philosophical grounding and a position of love and passion that Kincheloe has threaded through his conceptualization
of bricolage. Following his advice ensures we don’t fall into the traps of nihilism and relativism.
Critical complex bricoleurs have not given up
quality or critical thinking. To the contrary, we take quality and critical thinking to a whole new and higher level—the
HOT Zone that Texas lawmakers found so dangerous that they tried to outlaw the teaching of “higher order thinking”
in the classroom. I have addressed in my dissertation how bricolage studies may be evaluated for quality: the discussion is too long to include here. Kincheloe covered the topic in many of his
works. At a later date, I will explicate in greater detail specifically how quality is evaluated for these complex studies
however, following Kincheloe’s recommendations and considering what he has presented are the goals bricoleurs strive to achieve will ensure that the criteria for exceptionally high quality and
rigor are met. It is important to include in these studies the discussion of quality as it pertains to the specific research.
Perhaps also important is to discuss how using specific paradigms limit and constrict findings, and can even cause harm.
I had considered writing a formal response
to Ravenek and Rudman’s (2013) article, “Bridging Conceptions of Quality in Moments of Qualitative Research”
and taking the discussion to the next level until I discovered that submitting an article to the International Journal
of Qualitative Research requires PAYMENT (if accepted) of $500! Can people not see what’s wrong with this? I am
finding that more and more, those of us who do not or cannot play the game by someone else’s rules due to the lack of
money, status, or positioning are left out of the game entirely.
I refuse to participate in a rigged system that is designed to leave the very voices that need to
be heard out of the game! When more people refuse to support such an unbalanced system, society will move forward at long
I do not need to please
people who are stuck in paradigms, particularly if they wield the money and power, that would limit what I can discover with
my research. My greatest teachers do not even exist in their reality.
As an example, in my last blog I had mentioned that I was “feminizing”
the sciences and that it was a “dangerous” proposition. An amazing thing happened the very next day.
It immediately, serendipitously and synchronistically led to what’s to be the very foundation of that research—and
to the culmination of that research all at the same time, which is LOVE. I was truly amazed at how quickly it wound up there,
all in perfect alignment with Joe’s theory. It’s an indication to me that once we practice this process, it does
get easier. The cosmos works with us in some amazing ways. Can these synchronicities happen if we are stuck inside
research boxes? I will write this up and explain it, supporting it with additional research and theory, in the expanded
version of my dissertation as I had mentioned in my last blog. If you are interested in a preview as to how stepping outside
paradigms can be beneficial and provide profound guidance, visit this link (you will have to be a member and log in, however,
to read the responses): MY DANGEROUS MISSION
I wish you the best as you move forward with your research and I look forward to seeing your contributions and creations
for making this world a better place. Know that there are many people “out there” innovatively working on this
earth improvement project and many who will support your efforts as well. My focus here, of course, has been to ensure
that an explication of Joe’s work is freely available to everyone who wishes to pursue his process for research. We
will soon be seeing the fruits of labor from so many, both individuals and groups, who have invested hours and hours
of their time developing new ways of looking at and doing just about everything! It will be very exciting
to watch it all unfold over the coming decades.
That’s all I have for now. This is my current understanding
of bricolage; my understanding will no doubt grow and evolve as I continue to engage in this process. I am off working
on other related projects now and, as stated, I will continue to let this site evolve as it will. This academic year, there will be more people applying
Joe’s theories in the ways he had hoped and this trend will continue to grow from here on out—his
“perpetual revolution” which there is so much more I could write about. I’ll link
to studies and articles as they are brought to my attention. It would be great to have a repository of articles that demonstrate
the power his process contributes toward positive change. I truly hope that more people will work harder to change the educational
and research systems, rather than succumbing to being molded by them. A “piece of paper” (e.g., a PhD) when
one takes a cosmic view, for some of us at least, is just not worth it when it represents the sacrifice of our souls
or too great a compromise of our principles.
The above are links to my blogs. I did not know at
the time of writing them, especially when I first began, that I was recording my Spiritual Journey of Ascension with Joe,
who is my Twin Flame (which I also did not know when I began this journey, but I have provided undeniable evidence in my dissertation and much more evidence since writing it). All I knew when I began this journey after Joe’s death (by which I had
been extremely traumatized) was that I was compelled to write the blogs, every day at first, and I seemed to have been getting
instructions from Joe and from “Above.” I did not understand how the Celestial Spirits were guiding us along our
journey nor the Power they have due to their Love connection to God (as Joe tells us over and over again in his work, there
is nothing more powerful than love). My connection to Joe connected me powerfully to his love and to God’s Love, through
the Holy Spirit. My experiences as recorded in the blogs proves what Joe has taught us about the power of love—over
and over again (I’m a slow learner, for which I feel sad. I was totally asleep when I met Joe and did not even believe
in soulmates. I hope you will not be as slow a learner as I have been). Nevertheless, what an amazing, beautiful journey it
has been! It’s full of adventure, mystery, learning about the world, learning about our past, present and future, and
engaging in super fun and sometime hilarious treasure hunts.
If you want to follow the path and connect to God’s
amazing Love, begin reading at the first link 2009.05.03 and move forward. You will learn a lot!!
I did. And there are millions of Celestial Spirits just waiting to serve as your personal teachers and guides. They want to
take you treasure hunting (they do know where the treasures are) and guide you along your own personal path just like they
did for me. I will not be writing any more blogs here because now I will be teaching Joe’s material “up above”
and continuing along yet another amazing path. You can follow along the next leg of our journey by clicking on the links to
the various courses, treasure hunt quests, etc. We are creating multiple paths now in multiple directions. Are you ready?
There is something for everyone! All you need to do is engage sincerely with seeking knowledge and spreading love
in the world, and then God’s magic will appear in your life too…no more suffering…only love, bliss, joy,
passionate engagement with learning—for everyone, infinitely and eternally. God is Good!! Check it out! 20160227-1330 Rewards Of Developing My Will To Love
“As a child I wanted so
desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients
to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in
a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking,
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