ERIC Number: EJ1236457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Showtime: The Biopolitical Performance of 'Effective Beginning Science Teacher'
Wallace, Maria F. G.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v14 n4 p963-980 Dec 2019
Over the past decade, neoliberal practices for ensuring teacher effectiveness have shaped the landscape of education. In the midst of policy mandates for highly effective teachers, a biopolitical movement also undergirds the desire for a particular kind of ideal classroom. Grounded in traditions of scientism, beginning science teachers and their practices are implicitly and explicitly subjected to biopolitical control. The central question of this research includes: How does the desire to standardized science teacher practice through regular government-mandated evaluation of science teacher teachers produce biopolitical subjects? Using post-qualitative inquiry, this study examines ethnographic moments with one beginning science teacher alongside one teacher evaluation rubric used for formal teacher evaluation to explore ontological considerations for the implicated subjects. By illuminating the intra-active relationship between micro- and macro-discourses within one high school science classroom, the depths to which biopower functions is made visible. The paper concludes by calling science teacher educators and those responsible for their induction to examine the multifaceted ethical dilemmas inherently shaping their work with beginning science teachers.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Teacher Educators, Educational Practices, Ethnography, Teacher Evaluation, Correlation, High School Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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