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ERIC Number: EJ1019633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Performativity and Affectivity: Lesson Observations in England's Further Education Colleges
Edgington, Ursula
Management in Education, v27 n4 p138-145 Oct 2013
Teaching and learning observations (TLOs) are used in educational environments worldwide to measure and improve quality and support professional development. TLOs can be positive for teachers who enjoy opportunities to "perform" their craft and/or engage in professional dialogue. However, if this crucial, collaborative developmental element is missing, a TLO becomes intrinsically evaluative in nature and creates complex emotions--within and beyond the classroom. For some teachers, affective reactions to perceived managerial intrusion into their professional space has a negative impact on them and, in turn, their students' learning. International research on TLOs has focused on schools or universities. My research centres specifically on England's Further Education colleges (FE). Through Interpretive Interactionism, I investigate the different expectations, relationships and identities of teachers and (mis)conceptions of "authenticity" in TLOs. Teaching involves our unique (dis)embodied "performativity" (Butler, 2004) or "emotional practice", which is interpreted and judged by others (Denzin, 1989). Using the concept of "aesthetic labour" (Witz et al., 2003), I argue that rather than promoting positive transformation through reflection, TLOs promote a rejection of emotional "genuineness" which causes anxiety through a fracturing of personal and professional identities. Improving the effectiveness of TLOs should perhaps encompass explicit dialogue about the affectivity involved in the process?
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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