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Meet the phallic teacher: designing curriculum and identity in a neoliberal imaginary

McKnight, Lucinda 2016, Meet the phallic teacher: designing curriculum and identity in a neoliberal imaginary, Australian educational researcher, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 473-486, doi: 10.1007/s13384-016-0210-y.

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Title Meet the phallic teacher: designing curriculum and identity in a neoliberal imaginary
Author(s) McKnight, LucindaORCID iD for McKnight, Lucinda
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 43
Issue number 4
Start page 473
End page 486
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 0311-6999
Keyword(s) feminism
phallic teacher
Summary This paper introduces the concept of the phallic teacher, a spectral figure negotiated in teachers’ everyday work and in school-based disciplinary communities of practice. Reporting the findings of a three year Australian doctoral study completed in 2014, the paper looks closely at how English teachers design both curriculum and identity in an environment where feminist and poststructuralist work of the late 20th century seems to have lost traction. These observations made here are based on empirical research in a Victorian school, combined with autoethnographic writing and other materials connecting teachers’ and researchers’ lives to the broader cultural postfeminist debate. The paper makes room for an absent subject, the teacher, marginalised in neoliberal discourses of curriculum and critiques the masculinist hegemony of outcomes and standards-based education. This provides us with new ways to challenge increasingly dominant current paradigms and to conceptualise a different future in which the standpoints of teachers are privileged in curriculum theory and curricular innovation.
Notes The original version of this paper won the Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Award 2016. Winners of the award are invited to submit their paper for peer review for publication in the journal Australian Educational Researcher. Following review and revision, the paper was succesfully published.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s13384-016-0210-y
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian Association for Research in Education
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