ERIC Number: EJ1116474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Autism and Intuitive Practice as the Art of the Prevailing Middle
Murphy, Mike; Done, Elizabeth J.
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v16 n4 p272-279 Oct 2016
Jordan insists that teachers should be free to exercise their professionalism and that respect for difference is integral to that professionalism. For Connor, this implies teachers who can critically consider the discourses available to them as practitioners. The authors draw upon the philosophising of Gilles Deleuze to develop an account of teaching and learning as an autonomous creative process in which teachers "contribute to" rather than strictly "control" outcomes. This account of teaching as "processual following" resonates with Jordan's vision of equity for autistic or neuro-atypical pupils and compassionate professionalism. It rests less easily with intensive behaviourist-training programmes and educational cultures premised on the assumption that outcomes can, and should, be pre-determined and precisely engineered. From a Deleuzian perspective, ethical practice is the interplay of conceptual, perceptual and affective knowledge, and it is suggested that intuitive practice involves a similar interplay along with numerous contextual considerations. A Deleuzian theory of simulation is initially outlined and accords with the emphasis placed by Jordan on reimagining an educational system in which all pupils are valued and supported to develop their varied talents and teachers are free to assess the suitability of particular methods for individual pupils.
Descriptors: Autism, Professionalism, Teachers, Students, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Theory of Mind
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