Education - An 'Impossible Profession'?: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Learning and Classrooms - Foundations and Futures of Education (Hardback)Tamara Bibby (author)
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In classrooms and lectures we learn not only about academic topics but also about ourselves, our peers and how people and ideas interact. Education - An Impossible Profession extends the ways in which we might think about these processes by offering a refreshing reconsideration of key educational experiences including those of:being judged and assessed, both formally and informallyadapting to different groups for different purposesstruggling to think under pressurelearning to recognise and adapt to the expectations of others.
This book brings psychoanalysis to new audiences, graphically illustrating its importance to understandings of teaching, learning and classrooms. Drawing on the author's original research, it considers the classroom context, including policy demands and professional pressures, and the complexity of peer and pedagogic relationships and interactions asking how these might be being experienced and what implications such experiences might have for learners and teachers.
The discussions will be of interest not only to teachers, leading-learners and teacher-educators, but also to individuals interested in education policy, professional practice and theories of education.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 11 mm
"The structure is good and the use of the field notes, data, and handling of the soft psychoanalytic concepts are something to marvel over. All at once Bibby manages to get at the heart of our educational drama. The book is a delight and much needed." Deborah Britzman, York University, Canada
"I liked this book very much. It will not help us `cure' the ills of the education system, but it does encourage us to think and act more mindfully about the ways in which we are being encouraged to act, as teachers and learners. One of its successes is that the author manages to bring extremely complex theory alive and put it hard to work in the task of bringing to light some of the less visible, unconscious dimensions of life in primary school classrooms. Bibby also never loses sight of the wider context, of policy and politics, culture and the family, and this strengthens the book enormously. Academic texts based on research do not always manage to be both erudite and grounded, but this one has, making it appealing for those already familiar with psychoanalytic theories, and for those readers for whom may be encountering newer territories. It will undoubtedly make an important contribution to the growing field of psychosocial studies in the field of education." Helen Lucey, Journal of Psycho-Social Studies
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