Acting, accidents and performativity: Challenging the hegemonic good student in secondary schools

Thompson, Greg (2010) Acting, accidents and performativity: Challenging the hegemonic good student in secondary schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(4), pp. 413-430.

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Abstract

Current educational practice tends to ascribe a limiting vision of the good student as one who is well behaved, performs well in assessments and demonstrates values in keeping with dominant expectations. This paper argues that this vision of the good student is antithetical to the lived experience of students as they negotiate their positionality within complex power games in secondary schools. Student voices in focus group research nominate six rationales of the good student that inform their ‘performances’ of the good student. Understanding the multiplicity and dynamism of the good student is an educational imperative as schools seek to meet the changing needs of society in the new millennium.

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ID Code: 86163
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: student subjectivities, good students, performativity, secondary schools
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2010.484919
ISSN: 1465-3346
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2015 01:29
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 00:58

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