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Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film : Saviors, Scapegoats and Schoolmarms

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This book about teachers as characters in popular media examines what can be learned from fictional teachers for the purposes of educating real teachers. Its aim is twofold: to examine the constructed figure of the teacher in film, television and text and to apply that examination in the context of teacher education. By exploring the teacher construct, readers are able to consider how popular fiction and film have influenced society's understandings and views of classroom teachers.





Organized around four main themes-Identifying with the Teacher Image; Constructing the Teacher with Content; Imaging the Teacher as Savior; The Teacher Construct as Commentary-the chapters examine the complicated mixture of fact, stereotype and misrepresentation that create the image of the teacher in the public eye today. This examination, in turn, allows teacher educators to use popular culture as curriculum. Using the fictional teacher as a text, preservice-and practicing-teachers can examine positive and negative (and often misleading) representations of teachers in order to develop as teachers themselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 476g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 Tables, black and white
  • 1138944408
  • 9781138944404

Table of contents

Contents








Foreword


Robert Bulman





Preface





Part I: Introduction


Melanie Shoffner








Part II: Identifying with the Teacher Image


1. Looking into the mirror of erised: Transacting with Representations of Hogwarts' Teachers and Pedagogy


Dawan Coombs


Jonathan Ostenson





2. Playing the role of teacher: Using film to explore teacher identities


Sheryl Long


Carol A. Pope





3. The Role of the Teacher, Real and Imagined


Jason Whitney





4. Coming of age in the classroom: Representations of teachers in the short fiction of Toni Cade Bambara and Sandra Cisneros


Rodrigo Joseph Rodriguez





5. From content literate to pedagogically content literate: Teachers as tools for social justice


Nalova Westbrook





6. (Re)Imagining life in the classroom: Inciting dialogue through an examination of teacher- student relationships in film


Mark A. Lewis


Ian Parker Renga








Part III: Constructing the Teacher with Content


7. Teacher images in Young Adult literature: Pedagogical implications for English preservice teachers


Benjamin Boche





8. Why Teach Mathematics?: Values Underlying Mathematics Teaching in Feature Films


Amanda Jansen


Charles Hohensee





9. I teach Jim and Jane; I don't teach gym


Carol A. Smith





10. What does it mean to be literate? Examining school film teachers and their literacy values with preservice teachers


Shelbie Witte





11. The hidden curriculum in Room 10: School mythology and professional identity negotiation in the Miss Malarkey picture book series


Sarah Fischer








Part IV: Imaging the Teacher as Savior


12. Moving beyond the teacher savior: Education films, teacher identity and public discourse


Carey Applegate





13. Revisionist films: Detaching from teacher as hero/savior


Chea Parton





14. Deconstructing a new teacher savior: Paladins and politics in Won't Back Down


Ashley Boyd





15. Chalk: Overwriting the savior narrative


Walter E. Squire





Part V: The Teacher Construct as Commentary


16. Films, governmentality and agency in the struggle over reading education


Patrick Shannon





17. Why Bad Teacher is a bad movie and where the real crisis is: Implications for teachers and teacher education


J. Patrick McGrail


Ewa McGrail





18. Preparing Teachers in the Time of Superman: The Accountability Narrative of Education Documentaries


Christian Z. Goering


Jen S. Dean


Brandon Flammang





19. No human left behind:Falling Skies and the role of the pedagogue in the post-apocalypse


Jeff Spanke





List of Contributors
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About Melanie Shoffner

Melanie Shoffner is Associate Professor of English Education, Purdue University, USA.
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