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ERIC Number: EJ1014680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Evaluations and the Forgetfulness of Pedagogical Relations: Remarks on Educational Authority
Thompson, Christiane
Educational Theory, v63 n3 p283-298 Jun 2013
In this essay, Christiane Thompson addresses the question of evaluative practices, particularly student evaluation of teaching (SET), and their effects with respect to pedagogical relations in the university setting. In the first part of the essay, Thompson draws on Michel Foucault's analysis of power to show how university teaching has come to be defined according to notions of obligation, accountability, and assurance. The forgetfulness of pedagogical relations that results from the increasing use of SET prompts Thompson to "rethink" the significance of pedagogical relations in the second part of the essay. Referring to the notion of "educational authority" and Foucault's framework of power, Thompson argues that education is about the continuous re-institution of pedagogical relation to the other. In the final section, Thompson reflects upon the professor's "authority" in terms of constituting a "community of inquiry": specifically, the seminar is interpreted as a pedagogical setting that implies a different "being-with" than SET suggests. She concludes by considering what possibilities and limitations the seminar setting offers and how we can discuss this issue (by means of evaluative practice). (Contains 50 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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