Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Winter, James P.,


Education, Higher.




This thesis is a critical analysis of current debates over "political correctness" and pedagogical reform. Employing a theoretical framework informed by critical pedagogy, this document outlines the historical, political, economic, social and cultural context in which these recent debates have emerged. Beginning with the assumption that the educational and cultural domains are contested terrains mediated by class, race and gender configurations, it is argued that the discourse of critical pedagogy provides a puissant challenge to both conservative and liberal approaches to education. The current debates within the realm of social theory are also taken up by addressing the various trajectories (resistant postmodernism, post-colonialism, feminism, cultural studies, critical theory, Marxism) which have influenced the development of critical pedagogy. A criticalist perspective therefore undergirds the subsequent analysis of recent debates over canon revision, curriculum changes and the mainstream media's coverage of these events.Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .S32. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0491. Adviser: James P. Winter. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.