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Saturday, June 15 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Marxist Classroom LIMITED

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Title: The Marxist Classroom: Exploring the Social Constructions of Alienation of Students from Academic Work and Liberation Through Application of Deci and Ryan’s Self Determination Theory of Personality Development

Presenter: Tucker D. Farris

Abstract: This paper strives to apply Marx’s theory of alienation in the proletariat class in an industrial society to the classroom in higher education. Marx’s viewpoint offers a way to conceptualize student burnout, low performance, low engagement, and lack of intrinsic motivation. Marx wrote that upon industrialization of a society, a social reality is created wherein the working classes are distanced so far from the products they are working to produce, that they experience a dissociation of self to the point that they are no longer personally invested in the work that is consuming their lives. When this line of thought is applied to a sociological study of the modern classroom, we begin to see similarities between our ivory towers and Marx’s factories. Students often feel disenchanted and alienated from their work, and this, as a result, lends to a classroom taking on a similar social reality to that of a factory floor. By conceptualizing the classroom in this way, we are enlightened to a new interpretive lens by which we can better understand the social and personal struggles our students have with the environments we create in their classes. Drawing on my experiences in graduate writing support, I will propose a lens for framing student interactions, with respects to fostering positive identity formation. The methodology serves to promote equity in the classroom by exploring the social factors of alienation, and by attempting to provide direction for educators to frame different socioeconomic, ethnic, or other backgrounds in terms of barriers to positive identity growth.  


Tucker D. Farris

Graduate Student, University of Victoria
I am a graduate student at the University of Victoria, I began my work with Pedagogy of the Oppressed when I began studying transformational teaching and experiential education during my undergraduate career in the States. When I moved to graduate school I began applying this work... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
ASG Meeting Room 202 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA