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ERIC Number: EJ822189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
What Will Have Been Said about Gayness in Teacher Education
Britzman, Deborah P.; Gilbert, Jen
Teaching Education, v15 n1 p81-96 Mar 2004
This article explores a theory of narrative that can account for its underlying structures and can critique a paradox of consciousness-raising: that the more that narratives are privileged in teacher education, the less we know about how this narrative affects what will come to be said about teacher education's reliance upon stories of experience and identity. We bring this paradox to narratives of gayness in teacher education, suggesting three dominant orientations: narratives of difficulty, narratives of relationships and narratives of hospitality. Our resources for thinking about gayness are tied to archives of discrimination and freedom, themselves now affected by the pandemic known as AIDS. Each narrative, we argue, frames what can be said, what will have been said and what remains to be said. This way of analyzing the history of our present and what can count as a problem today, takes inspiration from an eighteenth-century debate that focused on the question "What is enlightenment?" We argue that this debate allows for new conceptualizations of gayness in teacher education and that new conceptualizations of teacher education can emerge from an encounter with discussions of gayness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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