The Denied Affective: A Deweyan perspective on Disequilibrium

by Schneider, Sandra Beth

Abstract (Summary)
The Denied Affective: A Deweyan perspective on Disequilibrium. It is the position of this paper that the body plays a crucial role in the manifestation of cognition and motivation. Cognition is situationally specific and emergent from a natural, habitual functioning process that is based on the embodied needs to transact with the environment. That natural function is the well-known Disequilibrium-Equilibrium function ( D-E f ), and the denied affective [the precognitive] is the embodied needs, desires and interests that frame selective attention and are the catalyst for emerging cognitive action. This precognitive catalyst usually contributes more to motivation than cognition. Motivation also has a cognitive component. The Disequilibrium-Equilibrium function ( D-E f ) process is part of a larger holistic embodied transaction where âknowingâ is a way of behaving. This larger embodied transaction is Deweyâs âTransactional Realism.â In this transaction âinquiryâ is the tool of the goal âsenseâ [or equilibrium] and âknowledgeâ is the product of a transformed context. On an individual level this transformation is learning, enculturation and reflection. On a cultural level this transformation is consensual validation.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Dr. Jim Garrison; Dr. John Burton; Dr. Barbara Lockee

School:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

School Location:USA - Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:03/29/2000

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