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ERIC Number: EJ942053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Discourse of Education--The Discourse of the Slave
Hyldgaard, Kirsten
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v38 n2 p145-158 Apr 2006
The current cult of the personality of the teacher and personal development as an official goal in education policy documents are problematic as they make it difficult to distinguish a teacher from a seducer, thus blurring the distinction between education and therapy. In order to describe the pedagogical bond proper the article draws on Lacanian psychoanalytic concepts such as "identification," "suggestion," and "transference." Lacan's distinction between "the discourse of the university and the discourse of the master" is presented in order to clarify, firstly, the formal characteristics of a pedagogical social bond, and secondly, the difference between being authoritative and being authoritarian. Furthermore, the psychoanalytic concept of the unconscious serves to point towards the fundamental unpredictability of pedagogical praxis. As teachers we are dealing with subjects and not with the individuals, "persons" or "egos" of psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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