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Wigs, disguises and child's play : solidarity in teacher education

Heilbronn, R; (2013) Wigs, disguises and child's play : solidarity in teacher education. Ethics and Education , 8 (1) pp. 31-41. Green open access

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It is generally acknowledged that much contemporary education takes place within a dominant audit culture, in which accountability becomes a powerful driver of educational practices. In this culture both pupils and teachers risk being configured as a means to an assessment and target-driven end: pupils are schooled within a particular paradigm of education. The article discusses some ethical issues raised by such schooling, particularly the tensions arising for teachers, and by implication, teacher educators who prepare and support teachers for work in situations where vocational aims and beliefs may be in in conflict with instrumentalist aims. The article offers De Certeau?s concept of ?la perruque? to suggest an opening to playful engagement for human ends in education, as a way of contending with and managing the tensions generated. I use the concept to recover a concept of solidarity for teacher educators and teachers to enable ethical teaching in difficult times.

Type: Article
Title: Wigs, disguises and child's play : solidarity in teacher education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: accountability; ethical isues; teacher educators; vocation; solidarity, Schools and Teaching, Learning contexts, Social Sciences(all)
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506607
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