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Educational resistance in a runaway world: Poetic meditations on power and surveillance


Corbett, M, Educational resistance in a runaway world: Poetic meditations on power and surveillance, McGill journal of education, 43, (3) pp. 225-244. ISSN 0024-9033 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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It is becoming clear that standard, linear solutions to the problems of resistant children are problematic because they imagine a world of schooling in which place and power do not matter. Poetry can challenge the typically linear, prescriptive, and modernist assumptions that are central to much educational theory and practice. In this article, drawing on original poetry composed in and around schools, I analyze a series of reflective disruptions in the interplay of strategy and tactics in my own teaching career. The broad argument of this paper is that educators ought to recognize, promote and embrace the messiness and complexity of our work rather than retreat into simplifications and technical fixes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:resistance, poetry, power, surveillance, modernity, rural education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:100561
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-05-20
Last Modified:2015-09-02
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