Cultural Capital

The value teachers place on the activities children engage in outside of school. In Lawrence Stenhouse’s wonderful book ‘An Introduction to Curriculum Research and Development’ there is a list of pupils’ interests and activities ranked by how their teachers approved/disapproved of them. It is quite an interesting, in some cases extraordinary, list. It was part … More Cultural Capital

Antonin Artaud Video + Slides

Howl, by Ginsberg can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVGoY9gom50 The Seashell and the Clergyman: https://youtu.be/ypseXIQVaF0 Marat/Sade: https://youtu.be/RJc4I6pivqg De La Guarda: https://youtu.be/ks-DFvklR0c Circus Archaos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSekQXA0Gz8 Forced Entertainment: https://youtu.be/eJGm8hDhCdo DV8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAUmimFtFzQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIDxSGyO_TQ Berkoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6DUpCfICyMhttps://youtu.be/jzApltTRVSk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHn_c1nizMc Odin Teatret: https://youtu.be/s8dj4awiMJY Grotowski: https://youtu.be/dRyLLTvs00c Living Theatre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaUpu67D_wA Antonin Artaud, POUR EN FINIR AVEC LE JUGEMENT DE DIEU (Version intégrale) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXy7lsGNZ5A Robert Le Page, … More Antonin Artaud Video + Slides

Curriculum and Culture

A talk and slides about: ‘Making Meaning in the World’. A look at some of the themes in ‘Athena vs the Machine’ 1.Conversation of humankind (culture) the way we do things here vs (who are you calling we?) – experience.2.Culture: Developing taste, opinions, values – finding meaning… truth, beauty, care, relationship to things, others – … More Curriculum and Culture

Teaching Brecht

Here are my slides and an accompanying YouTube video of me chatting away about Bertolt Brecht. Some of it might be of interest to those currently teaching and/or studying Brecht’s theatrical theory and practice. I hope some of you find it to be of use! Plus if you spot any “deliberate” mistakes please alert me … More Teaching Brecht

Organising Knowledge: On Triangles and Ts and Russian Dolls.

A curriculum can sometimes seem like one damn thing after another, especially if taught in blocks or thought of as a journey connecting different topics as you go from A to Y with Z being an exam. In an A level course with a syllabus demanding certain topics be studied, end of term exams, a … More Organising Knowledge: On Triangles and Ts and Russian Dolls.

Ofsted and Knowledge.

It’s what you do, not how you label it that matters. What is the difference between ‘disciplinary’ and ‘substantive’ knowledge and what other ways might there be of organising knowledge? In this excellent article Christine Counsell explains that: “Substantive knowledge is the content that teachers teach as established fact – whether common convention, concept or … More Ofsted and Knowledge.

Whose Cultural Capital?

“[educationl is in fact one of the most effective means of perpetuating the existing social pattern, as it both provides an apparent justification for social inequalities and gives recognition to the cultural heritage, that is, to a social gift treated as a natural one.” (Bourdieu, 1974, p. 32) Education maintains inequality. Bourdieu argues that in … More Whose Cultural Capital?