The curious case of the school textbook: pedagogical support or covert tool of manipulation?

Hodkinson, Alan and B.Ghajarieh, Amir (2014) The curious case of the school textbook: pedagogical support or covert tool of manipulation? Educationalfutures The Journal of the British Education Studies Association, 6 (2). pp. 54-66. ISSN 1758-2199

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Abstract

This ‘think piece’ re-casts the school textbook as ontological envelopes which enfold an unresolved dialectic between constituting and constituted power into the education of every school pupil. Informed by the writings of Deleuze and Guattari (1987) the authors reveal that textbooks act as ‘majoritan’ to categorise, contain and constrain societal conceptions of the ‘Other’. The authors propose that educators must reinvent notions of freedom, authority and ethical responsibility. The authors conclude that to undermine the pernicious power of the ‘normalising’ textbook we need the production of a counter signifying semiotic to overcome pathologies existing in schools today.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the Author's pre-post print version. The published version of this article is available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Hodkinson.pdf
Keywords: textbooks, Deleuze and Guattari, power, schools
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:49
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 11:49
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1013

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