NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED455201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the New Disciplinarity: Surveillance, Spectacle, and the Case of SBER.
Vinson, Kevin D.; Ross, E. Wayne
This paper pursues the evolving relationships between Foucauldian understandings of surveillance (the disciplinary observation of the many by the few) and Debordian notions of spectacle (the disciplinary observation of the few by the many). It argues that education today must be understood according to a setting in which spectacle and surveillance come together, where discipline is established and maintained simultaneously as people and groups are monitored by both larger and smaller entities. The paper considers the mutual relationships between images of public schooling and operations of high-stakes testing, particularly regarding the degree to which both work to enforce, control, and discipline cultural knowledge and behavior. Using the contemporary commitment to standards-based education reform (SBER), the paper questions: (1) To what extent might contemporary K-12 education be understood in terms of a blending of surveillance and spectacle, and to what benefit? (2) Within what contexts and via what mechanisms does this merging occur? (3) What are the potential practical consequences of this arrangement? and (4) How might SBER illuminate the fusion of surveillance and spectacle in terms of causes, effects, contexts, mechanisms, consequences, critiques, and resistances? (Contains 62 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A