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This groundbreaking book analyzes contemporary education discourse in the light of curriculum politics and popular culture, using sources ranging from academic scholarship to popular magazines, music video, film and television game shows. Mathematics is used as an “extreme case,” since it is a discipline so easily accepted as separable from politics, ethics or the social construction of knowledge. Appelbaum’s juxtaposition of popular culture, public debate and professional practice enables an examination of the production and mediation of “common sense” distinctions between school mathematics and the world outside of schools. Terrain ordinarily displaced or excluded by traditional education literature becomes the pendulum for a new conversation which merges research and practice while discarding pre-conceived categories of understanding
The book also serves as an entertaining introduction to emerging theories in cultural studies, progressively illustrating the uses of discourse analysis for comprehending ideology, the implications of power/knowledge links, professional practice as a technology of power, and curriculum as at once commodities and cultural resources. In this way, Appelbaum effectively reveals a direction for teachers, students and researchers to cooperatively form a community attentive to the politics of curriculum and popular culture.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Peter M. Appelbaum is Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the William Paterson College of New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Why is this Chapter 0?
Mass Culture and Critical Pedagogy
Reading Popular Culture
1. The Best Teacher in America
Everything Depends on the Teacher
The Teacher as Myth
Teacher as Signifier
Teacher as Hero
Escalante: The Best Teacher in America
Unraveling the Myth
Why Does Everything Depend on the Teacher?
2. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel: Problem Solving on and Off TV
The Opposition of Method and Content
Precedent: Professional Knowledge Overrides Teacher Personality
Teachers as Epistemological Metaphors
Philosophies of Mathematics Hide the Social
Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Game Shows Hit the Jackpot
Games and Schools
Probability and Profit
Problems and Problem Solving
Imitators and Echoes
Numbers and Money
The Transformation of Problem Solving
3. Gender and the Construction of Social Problems
Gender as a Social Problem
Gender and Sex
A Political Context
Liberal Feminist Research: A Professional Context
Gender as News
-1. Consumer Culture: Power and the Identity Politics of Mathematics Education
From Critical Literacy to Popular Culture
Mathematics as a Cultural Resource
Homage to Whitty and Young