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ERIC Number: EJ1174909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Teacher Education and Posthumanism
Howlett, Caitlin
Issues in Teacher Education, v27 n1 p106-118 Spr 2018
Education faces a tenuous future, straddling a growing divide between a no-longer-relevant past and an uncertain future, a future that calls into question the future of humanity altogether. In the face of such a future, posthumanism stands as a reminder that the divides we make in education are unstable, that things could and likely will be otherwise, and that our education ought to be held accountable to the world beyond as it exists to and for humans. Here, the author aimed to disrupt the social and political implications of posthumanism for education, calling into question the "beyond" it seeks by being attentive to the raced, gendered, and sexual stakes of such an aim. Situating this critique within a conversation about teacher education, the need for critical and speculative imagination comes to the forefront, demanding a release from traditional educational discourse for the sake of dismantling current regimes of knowledge or modes of thought and being that keep in place a view of the human that reproduces gender, sexual, or race based exclusions. In reclaiming the practice of radical imagination of the non-human, the monstrous, the demon through the use of speculative fiction in teacher education courses, we are able to reorient our students towards the future critically and disruptively, challenging the dominance of neoliberalism in education through an unsettling of one's sense of self, one's relationship to others, and one's place in the world. Doing so would, at the very least, make visible the extent to which education, especially in teacher education, continues to resist existing for all.
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Language: English
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