Dreaming And Truancy.

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This phenomenological study looked at the experiences of five school counselors who came together as a group to share, discuss, and reflect on their dreams for what the dreams could reveal about the social, political, and cultural aspects of truancy. In this study, the dream and the information it reveals about one's environment and culture is the valued currency not the personal meaning for the dreamer. Understanding dreams for this purpose is generally referred to as socio-cultural dreaming, and one discovers ...
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This phenomenological study looked at the experiences of five school counselors who came together as a group to share, discuss, and reflect on their dreams for what the dreams could reveal about the social, political, and cultural aspects of truancy. In this study, the dream and the information it reveals about one's environment and culture is the valued currency not the personal meaning for the dreamer. Understanding dreams for this purpose is generally referred to as socio-cultural dreaming, and one discovers the socio-cultural meaning of dreams through dialogue. Informing this study are the theories of C. G. Jung and psychoanalysts Joseph Henderson, Thomas Singer, Samuel Kimbles, and Samuel Andrews. The ideas of dream investigator Montague Ullman, organizational consultant W. Gordon Lawrence, and analytical psychologist James Hillman are also considered. The theoretical assumptions applied to this study are: (a) Dreams not only have a personal domain but a transpersonal realm that moves away from the private world of the dreamer and into a larger encompassing field of culture and history; and (b) knowledge of these realms is constructed by talking, listening, and reflecting on dream images that have captured the social, cultural, and historical experiences of a community of people. This research was guided by three central questions: (a) How do school counselors describe their experiences in Culture Dreaming? (b) How do school counselors describe the social meaning of their dreams? and (c) How does participating in Culture Dreaming change, if at all, their understanding of truancy? Research data was gathered and organized by utilizing the phenomenological research interview. From their experiences in Culture Dreaming, the participants were able to conceive a series of hypotheses about the school environment and truant behavior. Their hypotheses became instruments for thinking critically about the school environment and the cultural messages students are given. Their hypotheses are: (a) Truancy is meaningful and adaptive; (b) the soul of education has been injured due to the almost exclusive emphasis on achievement and test results; and (c) outside the infrastructure of school is where truant students may be seeking direction in life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243584762
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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