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ERIC Number: EJ821435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
The "Problem" of Bodies and Desires in Teaching
Johnson, Tara Star
Teaching Education, v16 n2 p131-149 Jun 2005
In this article I use a combination of feminist and psychoanalytic theories to understand the surfacing of sexualized discourse in secondary classrooms as a manifestation of suppressed pedagogical eroticism. I illustrate this phenomenon with an incident that Sheila, one of my participants in a study of sexual dynamics in pre-service teachers' classrooms, relayed as an example of a Freudian slip: The time she unconsciously drew a penis on the board. Narrative analysis provides the methodological framework for understanding how Sheila used this story and others to construct her identity as a "sexy teacher". I call for a space to share these kinds of stories so that teachers can better understand the sometimes-sexualized dimension of their teaching and to view sexual dynamics in the classroom as a "condition to be lived with" rather than a problem to be solved. (Contains 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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