chapter  11
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This chapter provides an outline of post-modern attempts to deconstruct the edifice of modern education. Though there is broad agreement amongst post-modern thinkers about the need for such deconstruction, opinions are divided over the shape of subsequent post-modern pedagogy. 'Historically, education can be seen as the vehicle by which modernity's ''grand narratives'', the Enlightenment ideals of critical reason, individual freedom, progress and benevolent change, are substantiated and realised'. By drawing on the meta-narratives of naturalism, romanticism and liberalism modern education seeks to ground its discursive practices in scientific knowledge, the developing identity of the learner, and the political economy of liberalism. The post-modern assault on knowledge-based education is made considerably more effective courtesy of the fact that, from the outset, modern pedagogy cultivated within itself the seeds of its own destruction. At the centre of post-modern educational thought is the desire to resist, subvert and deconstruct modern approaches to the theory and practice of education.