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Education in Popular Culture : Telling Tales on Teachers and Learners - Roy Fischer

Education in Popular Culture

Telling Tales on Teachers and Learners

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2008
ISBN: 9780415332415
Number Of Pages: 207

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Education in Popular Culture explores what makes schools, colleges, teachers and students an enduring focus for a wide range of contemporary media. What is it about the school experience that makes us wish to relive it again and again? The book provides an overview of education as it is represented in popular culture, together with a framework through which educators can interpret these representations in relation to their own professional values and development. The analyses are contextualised within contemporary, historical and ideological frameworks, and make connections between popular representations and professional and political discourses about education.


Through its examination of film, television, popular lyrics and fiction, this book tackles educational themes that recur in popular culture, and demonstrates how they intersect with debates concerning teacher performance, the curriculum and young people's behaviour and morality. Chapters explore how experiences of education are both reflected and constructed in ways that sometimes reinforce official and professional educational perspectives, and sometimes resist and oppose them.

The book addresses issues relating to: the characterization of teachers; sexual relationships in educational contexts; race, gender and bullying; resistance to educational processes and institutions; and lifelong learning.





Education in Popular Culture will stimulate critical reflection on the popular myths and professional discourses that surround teachers and teaching. It will serve to deepen analyses of teaching and learning and their associated institutional and societal contexts in a creative and challenging way.

"...a fine forensic analysis of the multiple and contradictory ways in which popular culture frames and represents education." "All in all, I highly recommend this text for either undergraduate or graduate level courses in either popular culture or cultural foundations of education."

Teachers College Record (February 2009),

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Note to readers on the web-interactive use of this bookp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Education and popular culturep. 1
What is this book?p. 2
The wider fieldp. 4
Representation: some useful conceptsp. 8
Education: values, purpose and professionalismp. 18
The good teacher: class heroes and school saintsp. 23
Hear the musicp. 29
Hard casesp. 32
Who knocks at the door of learning?p. 38
To teach or not to teach?p. 42
The sad and the badp. 45
Bad teachers: official definitions and public suspicionsp. 45
The sadp. 47
The badp. 53
Summaryp. 62
High school confidentialp. 65
Introductionp. 65
Sex and education: the social contextp. 67
Popular culture and girls' identitiesp. 68
Dangerous dates and daring daughters: love and sex in teenage horrorp. 69
Sex and students in popular musicp. 73
Drugs and education: the social contextp. 76
Drugs and alcohol in school moviesp. 80
Summary: really not so dangerous?p. 84
Hot for teacherp. 86
Romancing the teacherp. 90
Teacher-student relationships in filmp. 97
Sex and teachers in popular musicp. 99
Summaryp. 104
Don't pick on mep. 105
Achievement and acceptancep. 110
Race and genderp. 112
Frenemiesp. 116
Bully for televisionp. 120
Summaryp. 124
We don't need no education?p. 127
Introductionp. 127
Examining Beavis and Butt-head for signs of lifep. 128
Popular music: pro- and anti-educationp. 134
The Guinea Pigp. 136
St Trinian'sp. 138
Ifp. 140
Class realities and violencep. 141
School for grown-ups: lifelong learning in popular culturep. 146
Introductionp. 146
Educating Ritap. 148
Buffy the Vampire Slayerp. 152
Boiler Roomp. 154
Wiltp. 156
The Simpsonsp. 161
Summaryp. 165
(In) conclusionp. 168
Teachersp. 168
Studentsp. 171
Curriculump. 174
More about popular culture in educationp. 176
Teaching and critical reflectionp. 178
Finally...p. 180
Notesp. 183
Useful websitesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9780415332415
ISBN-10: 0415332419
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 2nd May 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.23  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1