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ERIC Number: EJ1154681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
The Disposition of Concern: An Exploration into the Affects of the Power-Knowledge Dynamics Uncovered during Research into Pupils' Perceptions of Terrorism
Quartermaine, Angela
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v40 n5 p541-553 2017
In recent years, counter-terrorism measures have become incorporated into the UK education system, with the latest 2015 "Counter-Terrorism and Security Act" expanding on previous government policy by making it mandatory for schools to be actively involved with counter-terrorism measures [Clause 21, H.M. Government 2015. "Counter-Terrorism and Security Act." London: Crown Copyright, 18]. However, during my research into pupils' perceptions of terrorism, I discovered that conducting such discussions within the classroom setting were restricted from the outset. These findings are useful in demonstrating the difficulties facing those expected to deliver government policy and highlight how education researchers (and teachers) need to be aware of certain considerations prior to engaging in such sensitive subject matter with young people. This article provides an overview of my findings in this regard and demonstrates the complexities associated with discussing the topic of terrorism, in particular it's relationship with religion, within schools. By using Foucault's philosophical insights into power-knowledge [[1975] 1991. "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison." London: Penguin] to analyse this data, I discovered a common trait, which I categorized as "the disposition of concern", that affected and restricted the scope of such discussions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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