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ERIC Number: EJ769263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Our Institutions, Our Selves: Rethinking Classroom Performance and Signification
Eastman, Nate
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v28 n3-4 p297-308 Dec 2006
In this article, the author discusses various conceptions about the teacher's body. He states that the teacher's body is not just a pile of organs and meat in a skin corset. As part of the performance metaphor--commonly read as part of education-as-spectacle--it translates institutional systems and institutional ideas into a social order, and at the same time does an ideological vanishing act: it makes the systems of social control it strengthens and extends disappear through the magic of performance. By limiting the scope of available interpretation, education gets turned into entertainment, privacy becomes public, and learning gets turned into numbers. However, teachers can opt out of performing for their students, too, by not presenting themselves as entertainers or opening their students' minds to institutional scrutiny. They can invite their students to imagine their education as a performance in which they are both actors and audience, building a model of institutional interaction in which students imagine themselves as governors rather than subjects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001