Questions of (re)production and legitimation : a second screening of 3 films on teacher-student relations

Gale, Trevor and Densmore, Kathleen 2001, Questions of (re)production and legitimation : a second screening of 3 films on teacher-student relations, Journal of curriculum studies, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 601-619.

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Title Questions of (re)production and legitimation : a second screening of 3 films on teacher-student relations
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Densmore, Kathleen
Journal name Journal of curriculum studies
Volume number 33
Issue number 5
Start page 601
End page 619
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0022-0272
1366-5839
Keyword(s) teachers' pedagogy
school curricula
authentic classrooms
Bourdieuian analysis
Summary This study considers three Hollywood films that take, as their subject, a teacher-hero confronted with a 'problem' group of students and, as their narrative, the rehabilitation of these students and the resolution of their problems. Employing a Bourdieuian analysis, we attempt a second screening of these films on two levels: first, by stepping inside these celluloid classrooms, so to speak, and narrating a different text, one that is spoken from the position of students and which challenges each film's portrayal of good people achieving fine things; and secondly, by screening for gaps in their accounts of schooling, exposing their limited frames of reference and their legitimacy to speak on behalf of authentic classrooms. The first of these projects is undertaken as a way of challenging teachers and interested others to be wary of uncritical readings of popular images of teaching, whereas the second provides a beginning from which to consider how teachers' pedagogy and school curricula can be informed by a radical democratic view of education - how teachers might embrace the foreign.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040826

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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