ERIC Number: EJ718859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 27
An Unprotected Species? On Teachers as Risky Subjects
McWilliam, Erica; Jones, Alison
British Educational Research Journal, v31 n1 p109-120 Feb 2005
This paper explores the issue of teacher vulnerability at a time of "child panic". It does so by first elaborating risk-consciousness as a powerful social and cultural rationality for producing moral climates and organisational identities, and then investigating how this rationality works through the fraught issue of teacher touch. Empirical data is drawn from two studies of teacher work in Australian and New Zealand schools to demonstrate that the relatively recent historical phenomenon of heightened teacher vulnerability to allegations of abusive touch is an effect of a new regime of truth that constitutes child protection. It is a regime that produces new tyrannies for the teacher at the same time that it works to eliminate tyrannies for the child.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Abuse, Teacher Student Relationship, Sexual Abuse, Risk, Moral Values, Social Values, School Safety, School Policy, Elementary School Teachers, Child Welfare
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand