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ERIC Number: ED427994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
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The Teaching Imaginary: Collective Identity in the Global Age.
Briton, Derek
This paper suggests that the institution of teacher education, stripped of its oppressive yet defining characteristics, is undergoing an identity crisis, a crisis that some teacher educators fear threatens the very core of teacher education. This paper draws upon central concepts from the psychoanalytic tradition and the work of several theorists including Castoriadis, Copjec, Lacan, Laclau and Mouffe, Lefort, and Zizek to explore this problem and outline a potential course of action to move beyond the impasse currently confronting progressive teacher education. As background, the paper points out that just as the members of most nations consider themselves part of "real," rather than "imaginary" communities, so too do teacher educators. It is from this implicit understanding that the desire for, and belief in, a concrete "identity" springs a distinctiveness that is most often sought in terms of invariable, and readily discernible, a priori features. In the case of teacher education, members of that community tend to identity themselves in relation to a clearly defined object of study, a distinct body of knowledge, and an exclusive register of practices; this desire is most readily evidenced in the relentless search for a research method and theory unique to teacher education, for a constitutive "Law." Contains 16 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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