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ERIC Number: EJ1103859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
"Cruel Optimism": Teacher Attachment to Professionalism in an Era of Performativity
Moore, Alex; Clarke, Matthew
Journal of Education Policy, v31 n5 p666-677 2016
This study provides a critical exploration of the way teachers' attachment to notions of professionalism may facilitate a process whereby teachers find themselves obliged to enact centralised and local education policies that they do not believe in but are required to implement. The study argues that professionalism involves an entanglement of (past) occupational and (present) organisational discourses and that the remainders of the former facilitate the enactment of the latter. The study draws on Berlant's notion of cruel optimism to help understand this process, whereby teachers' attachment to professionalism may assist them in undermining the very values they believe it embodies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom
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