The politics of teaching time in disciplinary and control societies

Thompson, Greg & Cook, Ian (2016) The politics of teaching time in disciplinary and control societies. British Journal of Sociology of Education. (In Press)

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This paper argues that global education reform agendas that use policy levers, standardised testing and new regulatory authorities to steer teachers’ work at a distance are essentially chronopolitical technologies. Using evidence from interviews with teachers and principals in Australian schools, we argue that teachers and principals being confronted with these reforms are experiencing two temporal rhythms, first that of a disquieting acceleration of their working life. Second, and related, many teachers and principals spoke of feeling ‘out ot time’, or out of rhythm, with the new expectations of their work. Using Deleuze’s theorisation of the societies of control, we posit that this arrhythmia exemplifies the experience of the classroom being ‘opened up’ for the purposes of comparison. This breakdown of the enclosed classroom is affected through the datafication of teaching.

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ID Code: 95695
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: politics of time, Deleuze, control societies
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1234365
ISSN: 0142-5692
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2016 01:02
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 21:40

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