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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Cult of Efficiency and Death of Creativity: Lifelong Learning as a Myth of Modern Education

Dr M. Jayne Fleener, Clydia Forehand, Rockey Robbins.

The modern notion of self, traced back to Plato and fully articulated by Locke, emphasizes consciousness, memory and individual fulfillment as the essence of human individuality. This perspective of self underlies current educational dogma, eliciting metaphors of efficiency and production as fundamental goals of education. Heideggar (phenomenology), Nietzsche (existentialism), and later Deleuze (poststructuralism), challenged these notions of self as individual definite substance, developing dynamic perspectives of self. Our paper will explore these dynamic notions of self as “dynamic absence” (Heideggar), “Dionysian spirit” (Nietzsche), and “pure immanence” (Deleuze) to provide a perspective of schooling that supports creative emergence and perpetual becoming. The goal of lifelong learning, doomed in efficiency paradigms, will be reexamined from the perspective of the dynamic self. Schools, as a social institution, likewise may be examined for their autopoietic potential. By de-centering the individual and schools through developing postructural perspectives of individuals and social institutions, we may not only better support creativity and learning as fundamental processes of living, but may come to understand schooling very differently.


Dr M. Jayne Fleener  (United States)
Associate Dean
College of Education
University of Oklahoma

M. Jayne Fleener is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Oklahoma College of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. Her teaching and research have been in the areas of philosophy, computer science, mathematics, mathematics education, and curriculum theory. She has over forty national and international publications including her recent book Curriculum Dynamics: Recreating Heart.

Clydia Forehand  (United States)

Rockey Robbins  (United States)

  • Poststructuralism
  • Philosophy of education
  • Philosohpy of self
  • Life long learning
  • Deleuze
  • Heideggar
  • Nietzsche
  • Systems theory
  • Autopoiesis
Person as Subject
  • Deleuze, Gilles Heideggar, Martin Nietzsche, Fredrick

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)