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
Date Written: November, 18 2009
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.
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