Creating Catch 22: Zooming in and Zooming out on the Discursive Constructions of Teachers in a News Article

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Title Creating Catch 22: Zooming in and Zooming out on the Discursive Constructions of Teachers in a News Article
Author Keogh, Jayne; Garrick, Barbara Gail
Journal Name International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The media regularly present negative news articles about teachers and teaching. This paper focuses particularly on one such news article. Using reflective analytic practices, first we zoom in to conduct a detailed analysis of the text. We find that complex and contradictory moral categories of teachers are assembled within and through the text. We then zoom out to consider the potentially detrimental effects of such public discourses on teachers and the teaching profession. We make visible the dominant discourses in this text, illuminating some of the societal issues and practices that are textually constituted within this and other news articles about teachers. We provide evidence of a public discourse that might be contributing towards continuing concerns and negative public opinion regarding teacher quality and schooling standards. We argue that such news articles may well work to influence public opinion regarding declining teacher quality and standards, and views of public schools as being in crisis, creating moral panic.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2010.539579
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 24, Issue 4, 2011, pages 419-434. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 24
Issue Number 4
Page from 419
Page to 434
ISSN 0951-8398
Date Accessioned 2011-06-10
Date Available 2012-09-14T02:06:29Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39667
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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