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Feral Objects in a Classroom Ecology

  • Author / Creator
    Grauwiler, Aimee S. A.
  • While it has become a generally accepted idea that humans have been endowed with authority over all that exists on this earth, this thesis will argue that, at times, this is not the case. Belief in this sort of authority proves to be problematic in a classroom environment as things assert alternative ways of being, challenging a human centric environment and what may be the guiding believes of the educational system. I begin by establishing the classroom as a space endowed with purity, affiliated with domestic life referencing the Deleuzian concept of arboreal thinking. Turning to several writers of object oriented ontology, I then examine examples of feral objects that prove to be monstrous when introduced to the domesticated environment of the classroom. These feral objects not only challenge established hierarchies but also suggest that humans may not be in absolute control. In conclusion, this thesis examines the power objects hold within the ecology of the classroom and the potential these objects hold to suggest alternative ways of being in our world.

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  • Graduation date
    2016-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GH9BH8H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Wallin, Jason (Department of Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • jagodzinski, jan (Department of Secondary Education)
    • Wallin, Jason (Department of Secondary Education)
    • Pente, Patti (Department of Elementary Education)