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Free Downloads: Academic papers and articles relating to philosophy, theory, and praxis that synthesize Joe's ideas. (there will be more to come).

The following paper was actually written a couple of months before I came across Joe and his work. Eventually, I will rewrite it and synthesize his great thoughts. :) When I reread this, though, it is now more clear why Joe's work appeals to me so much! As he always put it, "like minds." I just wish I was the genius he was.

Should Western-Based Ethics Form the Foundation of Global Distance Education? (Paradis; March, 2008)

The first paper below was written for a course in Education for which I was to argue for either Instructivist or Constructivist teaching. Instructivist teaching is comprised of direct instruction as to what students are to learn and how; whereas, constructivist teaching allows learners to construct their own learning based on guidance by the teacher. In practice, what is labeled as constructivist is little more than a disguised form of instructivist teaching and the outcomes are nearly always predetermined. Joe covers this well in his book, Critical Constructivism. Thus, the argument between instructivist and constructivist methods becomes meaningless and circular. This paper calls for a fresh approach using Joe’s theory and shows how we can escape these circular, either-or, and dichotomous arguments through the incorporation of a consideration of complexity. In this way, teachers can facilitate empowerment for self-construction of consciousness, resulting in increased creativity and human potential that leads to original knowledge production that can truly "alleviate suffering" and change the world as Joe's theory calls for.

Consciousness Construction: Escaping the Circular Arguments of Instructivism and Constructivism. (Paradis; Spring, 2009)

The Need for a Continuing Assessment of Our Philosophies (Paradis; Spring, 2009)

My Personal Educational Philosophy (Paradis; November, 2009)

The Shifting Paradigms: What's Preventing Progress? (Paradis, 2009)

Big Deal-Catch Up 
“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, p. 13)
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