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

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Overview

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: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Counterpoints Series , #256
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Hollywood Model: Who Is the "Good" Teacher? 22
Ch. 3 The Aesthetic-Ethical-Political Value Frameworks of "Good" Teachers in the Movies 42
Ch. 4 The Technical-Scientific Value Frameworks of "Bad" Teachers in the Movies 61
Ch. 5 Divided Lives: The Public Work and Private Pathos of Women Teachers in the Movies 82
Ch. 6 Here but Not Queer: The Mainstreaming of Gay Teachers in the Movies 104
Ch. 7 It's a Control Thing: The Role of Principals in the Movies 123
Ch. 8 Student Voices 137
Notes 153
Filmography 161
Bibliography 165
Index 169
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