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

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2016, 00:00 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight
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.

History

Journal

Australian educational researcher

Volume

43

Issue

4

Pagination

473 - 486

Publisher

Springer

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0311-6999

Language

eng

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.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2016, Australian Association for Research in Education