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ERIC Number: ED516010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 206
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-2301-0115-1ISBN-978-0-2301-0115-9
Rituals and Student Identity in Education: Ritual Critique for a New Pedagogy. Education, Politics and Public Life
Quantz, Richard A.
Palgrave Macmillan
The current crisis in American schools has been more than fifty years in the making. The present assumption that "accountability" equals "testing" and that "education" equals "measurable objectives" has occurred in a brief lifetime. How has this happened? Quantz attempts to answer this question in this fascinating study. It is not a history of the movement, but an exploration of how the nonrational aspects of schooling, especially ritual(s), have been harnessed to construct a commonsense which serves the interests of transnational corporations, leaving those educators committed to democracy to develop a new pedagogy that rejects the technical solutions that present reforms demand. The following chapters are included: (1) Introduction to the Nonrational in Education: Ritual and the Forming of Reality, Morality, and Identity; (2) School Ritual as Performance: A Reconstruction of Durkheim's and Turner's Uses of Ritual; (3) From Ethnography to Ritual Critique: The Evolution of a Method (with Terry O'Connor); (4) Nonrational Classroom Performance: Ritual as Aspect of Action (with Peter Magolda); (5) On Seminars, Ritual, And Cowboys; (6) The Puzzlemasters: Performing the Mundane, Searching for Intellect, and Living in the Belly of the Corporation; and (7) Ritual Critique and the New Pedagogy. [This book was written with Terry O'Connor and Peter Magolda.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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