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Policing the popular: Teachers talking television

Watts, Jon (1994) Policing the popular: Teachers talking television. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

In the production and reproduction of culture, school education is one of our society's primary institutions for the mediation of objects, values and practices. This thesis examines aspects of this mediation by analysing what a group of educationists say about the relation between schooling and another institution concerned with the production and reproduction of culture -television.

School education is an important training ground for the production of what might be called 'cultural consciousness'. This thesis explores some ideas and attitudes presented by educationists who have specific interests in the development and implementation of the policies and curricula which regulate this training,

A fundamental principle underlying this project is one which sees the relation between individuals and institutions as mutually constructed. The educationists speak for 'education', and they also speak for themselves in some other capacity - parent, guardian, arbiter, exegete, book-lover etc. The interrelatedness of these roles as they represent culture, in both their cooperations and conflicts, is the terrain which this thesis attempts to map. In making this map, I hope to indicate some of the ideological features which influence educational relations between formal schooling and television as popular culture, as they appear in the comments of the educationists.

In interviews/discussions, the educationists were asked to give their ideas and opinions about the influence of the media on schooling. The interviews were taped and then transcribed verbatim. These transcriptions were the basis for the analyses and critiques which follow.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Humanities
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Supervisor(s): McHoul, Alec and Hartley, John
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/50586
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