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ERIC Number: EJ1011837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Love Foolosophy: Pedagogy, Parable, Perversion
Dunne, Eamonn
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n6 p625-636 2013
Popular filmic and literary stereotypes of teachers from Brodie and Chips to Keating and Schneebly have not only reflected a public desire for radically innovative and perverse teaching practices, but also created those paradigms in ways that are not always readily identifiable or traceable. This article seeks to analyse tensions between traditional institutional protocols and contemporary populist opinion on the role of the effective teacher. In doing so, the article takes Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" (1989) as a primary example of those tensions and argues for a perverse "foolosophical" view of pedagogical performance and a new appreciation for the necessity of ignorance in the classroom. Since ignorance and understanding are not taken as unambiguous antonyms, the article proposes that effective teaching and learning occur most effectively in the interstices between humility and hospitality. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Language: English
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