Absent bodies in teacher education
2007 (English)In: Present challenges in gender research / [ed] Åsa Andersson & Eva E. Johansson, Umeå: Umeå universitet, Genusforskarskolan , 2007, 88-107 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
The body has great significance for a teacher and constitutes one of the most important tools of the profession. It is through the body that the teacher is present in the room, performs and meets the students. The body bears knowledge, personality and the subject’s experiences. This has a dialectical relationship and is communicated to the individual from within in its meeting with the students. The students place their experience of the teacher on the exterior of the teacher’s body. Michail Bachtin has coined a term for these relationships: I-for-myself represents what the individual experiences from within, and The-other-for-me represents how the individual experiences the other person which is projected on the being outside, “extralocalization” (Bachtin, 2000). When people perform in their professional role, they are hidden to a certain degree in an institutionalized body, their professional role (Berger, Luckmann, 1998). This professional role is already defined by the employer and thereby marked by social characteristics. During teacher education, the students are trained in an institutionalized body while they are also working to establish their own characteristics. This can be described as a negotiation between demands and their own ambitions, as well as a struggle between being disciplined and manoeuvring for one’s own space. This negotiation or struggle continues in practical training and at abstract levels. Winning a place or space for the exercise of a profession will also be an encounter between institutionalized demands and one’s own conceptions. Moreover, the place or space can be considered as an arena where the body’s suitability in the professional role is negotiated. The objective of this article is to examine how signs of this negotiation about the body are reflected in pictures where art teacher students represent themselves in the professional role.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, Genusforskarskolan , 2007. 88-107 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16833ISBN: 978-91-7264-285-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-16833DiVA: diva2:156506