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ERIC Number: EJ771186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
The Puzzlemasters: Performing the Mundane, Searching for Intellect, and Living in the Belly of the Corporation
Quantz, Richard
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v25 n2 p95-137 Apr 2003
Richard Quantz recognizes the puzzlemaster interaction pattern in many different classrooms in widely different sorts of high schools. When discussing the issue with sociologist Basil Bernstein, Bernstein said "Everyone seems to be interested in how schooling differs ... But what interests me is that whether I'm in London or Lisbon or Lagos or Hong Kong, when I step into a school, they all look alike." Although Quantz states that his own social theory is more influenced by the Bakhtin Circle than by Durkhelm, as was Bernstein, the sociologist's words repeatedly came to mind as he visited classrooms in schools that were both dramatically different and yet amazingly alike. Quantz was led to wonder if some common theme might be revealed in the ritual aspects of the puzzlemaster. While rituals have been understood in many different ways, Quantz has come to use the term to refer to those aspects of social action that suggest formalized, symbolic performance. To address the question of whether the ritual aspects of the puzzlemaster interaction pattern may suggest a commonality among schools that are in other ways very different and to elaborate all of the stages of the puzzlemaster interaction pattern, Quantz considers a number of aspects of American schooling and its culture
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; Nigeria (Lagos); Portugal (Lisbon); United Kingdom (London)