Animal magnetism and curriculum history

Baker, Bernadette (2007) Animal magnetism and curriculum history. Curriculum Inquiry, 37(2), pp. 123-158.

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This article elaborates the impact that crises of authority provoked by animal magnetism, mesmerism, and hypnosis in the 19th century had for field formation in American education. Four layers of analysis elucidate how curriculum history’s repetitive focus on public school policy and classroom practice became possible. First, the article surveys external conditions of possibility for the enactment of compulsory public schooling. Second, “internal” conditions of possibility for the formation of educational objects (e.g., types of children) are documented via the processes of différance that were generated from within the experiences of confinement. Third, the article maps how these were interpenetrated by animal magnetic debates that were lustered and planished in education’s emerging field, including impact upon behavior management practices, the contouring of expertise and authority, the role of Will in intelligence testing and child development theories, and the redefinition of public and private. Last, the article examines implications for curriculum history, whether policy- or practice-oriented, especially around the question of influence, the theorization of child mind, and philosophies of Being.

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ID Code: 89897
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-873X.2007.00376.x
ISSN: 1467-873X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Published by Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2015 05:50
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 03:30

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