Saving the Teacher's Soul: Exorcising the Terrors of Performativity

London Review of Education, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 159-167, 2009

Posted: 19 Nov 2009

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Jude Chua

Nanyang Technological University - National Institute of Education - Policy and Leadership Studies

Date Written: November, 18 2009

Abstract

In this paper I frame the totalizing dominance of performativity in educational arenas in terms of its effects on professional thinking and attitudes. The problem is that the education professional’s cognition ends up artificially obsessed with defined performance indicators and closed by default to the fluidity that should accompany reflective design practice. To mitigate this state of affairs, I propose that educators be encouraged to playfully consider non-performative goals, and that institutions can even welcome insincere or experimental consideration of non-performative educational goals. Such solutions may also correct excessively performative cultures outside educational contexts.

Suggested Citation

Chua, Jude, Saving the Teacher's Soul: Exorcising the Terrors of Performativity (November, 18 2009). London Review of Education, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 159-167, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1508323

Jude Chua (Contact Author)

Nanyang Technological University - National Institute of Education - Policy and Leadership Studies ( email )

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