Teaching and the Meaning of Professional Dispositions in Education
Edited By Julie A. Gorlewski, David A. Gorlewski, Jed Hopkins and Brad J. Porfilio
Section One: Myths, Lies, and Videotape
s e c t i o n o n e Myths, Lies, and Videotape Practicing in the Panopticon Teaching and Learning in the Surveillance Media Culture julie gorlewski, david gorlewski, and catherine lalonde i n t r o d u c t i o n Like many educators, we embody our art, our craft, and our profession. We never stop thinking about teaching and learning—and thinking about how education influences, and is influenced by, the cultural constructions of identity and society that occur in everyday experiences. In this chapter, we explore the intersections among popular media culture, professional dispositions, and the field of education. Specifically, we investigate how selected reality television programs (Frontline: The Education of Michelle Rhee, the complete seven-episode run of Teach Tony Danza, and three episodes of Undercover Boss) portray the notion of professionalism, and how these portrayals relate to the experiences of teaching and learning. The following research questions grounded our study: How is the concept of professionalism in the workplace represented in contemporary reality television? How do representations of professionalism, particularly with respect to leadership, learning, and culture, relate to the identity development of educators? m e t h o d o lo g y The method of textual analysis is used to make explicit the social, political, and economic contexts in which the television episodes and documentary were c h a p t e r o n e produced, while also highlighting the messages about teachers, students, and educational sites embedded in each...
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