The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education Series Vol. 256) / Edition 1

The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education Series Vol. 256) / Edition 1

by Mary M. Dalton
     
 

This book analyzes 116 films distributed throughout the United States over nearly 75 years, to construct a theory, grounded in cultural studies and critical pedagogy, of curriculum in the movies. The portrayal of teachers in popular motion pictures is based on individual, rather than collective, actin and relies on codes established by stock characters and predictable… See more details below

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This book analyzes 116 films distributed throughout the United States over nearly 75 years, to construct a theory, grounded in cultural studies and critical pedagogy, of curriculum in the movies. The portrayal of teachers in popular motion pictures is based on individual, rather than collective, actin and relies on codes established by stock characters and predictable plots, precluding meaningful struggle. These conventions ensure the ultimate outcome of the screen narratives and almost always leave the education institutions - which represent the larger status quo - intact and powerful. In addition to an expanded list of films informing the analysis, this revised edition features two new chapters: one on gay teachers in recent films and another on principals in the movies. To interrogate "the Hollywood curriculum" is to ask what it means as a culture to be responsive to films at both social and personal levels and to engage these films as both entertaining and potentially transforming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820468211
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Counterpoints Series, #256
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Hollywood Model: Who Is the "Good" Teacher?22
Ch. 3The Aesthetic-Ethical-Political Value Frameworks of "Good" Teachers in the Movies42
Ch. 4The Technical-Scientific Value Frameworks of "Bad" Teachers in the Movies61
Ch. 5Divided Lives: The Public Work and Private Pathos of Women Teachers in the Movies82
Ch. 6Here but Not Queer: The Mainstreaming of Gay Teachers in the Movies104
Ch. 7It's a Control Thing: The Role of Principals in the Movies123
Ch. 8Student Voices137
Notes153
Filmography161
Bibliography165
Index169

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