Acting, accidents and performativity: challenging the hegemonic good student in secondary schools
Thompson, G. (2010) Acting, accidents and performativity: challenging the hegemonic good student in secondary schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31 (4). 413 - 430.
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Current educational practice tends to ascribe a limiting vision of the good student as one who is well behaved, performs well in assessments and demonstrates values in keeping with dominant expectations. This paper argues that this vision of the good student is antithetical to the lived experience of students as they negotiate their positionality within complex power games in secondary schools. Student voices in focus group research nominate six rationales of the good student that inform their ‘performances’ of the good student. Understanding the multiplicity and dynamism of the good student is an educational imperative as schools seek to meet the changing needs of society in the new millennium.
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