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ERIC Number: EJ1017163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
At the Altar of Educational Efficiency: Performativity and the Role of the Teacher
Hennessy, Jennifer; McNamara, Patricia Mannix
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v12 n1 p6-22 May 2013
This paper critiques the impact of neo-liberalism on postprimary education, and in particular on the teaching of English. The paper explores the implications of performativity and exam-driven schooling on the teaching and learning of poetry. The authors argue that meeting the demands of an education system dominated by technicism and standardisation poses considerable challenge to teacher autonomy and pedagogy. They also draw attention to the uncontested dominance of this social contract in education and suggest it to be a catalyst for the standardisation and commodification of knowledge that has resulted in considerable de-professionalisation of English teachers. The paper proposes that as a result teachers are confronted with the choice of conformity or resistance in their practice, and argues that counter-hegemonic endeavour is urgently needed in the drive to redress this circumstance.
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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