Pedagogies of indifference

Lingard, Bob (2007) Pedagogies of indifference. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 11 3: 245-266. doi:10.1080/13603110701237498

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Author Lingard, Bob
Title Pedagogies of indifference
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5173
Publication date 2007-05
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603110701237498
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 245
End page 266
Total pages 22
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 330103 Sociology of Education
330000 Education
Abstract This paper draws on a large Australian commissioned research study that mapped classroom pedagogies called 'productive pedagogies'. The model of pedagogies derived from an admixture of theory and empirical observations and worked together what Fraser (1997) calls a politics of redistribution and a politics of recognition in its desire to make a difference in relation to schooling as a positional good, a good in and of itself, and in terms of making a difference in relation to the multiple differences extant in contemporary society. Statistical analysis of classroom observations indicated there were four dimensions of productive pedagogies, notably intellectual demand, connectedness, supportiveness and working with and valuing of difference. The actual pedagogies mapped were more akin to 'pedagogies of indifference', not in relation to the extent of teacher care and teacher work as therapy, but in respect of making a difference, in the low levels of intellectual demand and connectedness, and in the virtual absence of the difference dimension across the approximately 1000 lessons observed. In working across the critical pedagogies literatures and empirical studies of classrooms the paper constitutes a pedagogical theory of the middle ground and attempts to provoke debate about future pedagogical research, related policy and classroom practices.
Keyword Australia
Classroom practice
References Special issue: Pedagogies as an issue of social justice and inclusion
Q-Index Code C1

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