Rituals And Student Identity In Education: Ritual Critique for a New Pedagogy

Paperback | February 9, 2011

byR. QuantzContribution byTerry O''connor, Peter Magolda

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The current crisis in American schools has been more than fifty years in the making. The present assumption that “accountability” equals “testing” and that “education” equals “measurable objectives” has occurred in a brief lifetime. How has this happened? Quantz attempts to answer this question in this fascinating study. It is not a history of the movement, but an exploration of how the nonrational aspects of schooling, especially ritual(s), have been harnessed to construct a commonsense which serves the interests of transnational corporations, leaving those educators committed to democracy to develop a new pedagogy that rejects the technical solutions that present reforms demand.

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The current crisis in American schools has been more than fifty years in the making. The present assumption that “accountability” equals “testing” and that “education” equals “measurable objectives” has occurred in a brief lifetime. How has this happened? Quantz attempts to answer this question in this fascinating study. It is not a hi...

Richard A. Quantz is Professor of Social Foundations and Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, Ohio. For thirty years, he has been actively teaching and producing scholarly work that critically challenges the fundamental assumptions that guide pedagogy, leadership, policy, and research. One of the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.01 inPublished:February 9, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Nonrational in Education: Ritual and the Forming of Reality, Morality, and Identity * School Ritual as Performance: A Reconstruction of Durkheim’s and Turner’s Uses of Ritual * From Ethnography to Ritual Critique: The Evolution of a Method (with Terry O’Connor) * Nonrational Classroom Performance: Ritual as Aspect of Action (with Peter Magolda) * On Seminars, Ritual, And Cowboys * The Puzzlemasters: Performing the Mundane, Searching for Intellect, and Living in the Belly of the Corporation * Ritual Critique and the New Pedagogy

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“Quantz has undertaken a major project, and it will contribute significantly to the social science literature and to the literature on educational ethnography in a major way. What is remarkable about this book is the way it examines the creation of an ethnic and/or consumerist identity to replace nationalist/citizenship identity, all connected to the social relations of neoliberal globalization – and the creation of a transnationalist capitalist class. The work is cutting-edge. It will stand alone as a major contribution to the ethnographic literature on schools.”--Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles"As always, Quantz is articulate, well-organized and accessible. This book is a needed contribution to work in socially just leadership and educational studies, and I strongly recommend it."--Shirley R. Steinberg, Director, The Freire Project for Critical Pedagogy, McGill University