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

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Trevor Gale, K Densmore
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.

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Journal

Journal of curriculum studies

Volume

33

Issue

5

Pagination

601 - 619

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

0022-0272

eISSN

1366-5839

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Taylor & Francis

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