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Depoliticisation, demoralisation and depersonalisation - and how to better them

Watkins, Chris (2008) Depoliticisation, demoralisation and depersonalisation - and how to better them. Pastoral Care in Education, 26. pp. 5-11. ISSN 0264-3944

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Abstract

An important contribution to the thinking behind this paper came during a recent discussion of government policies called ‘personalisation’. When asked ‘what is the problem to which personalized learning is a solution?’, one delegate at a deputy heads’ conference replied ‘depersonalised learning’. This simple but powerful point struck a chord and helped me to think further about the way that trends in recent decades have downgraded the focus on human qualities in the field formerly known as education. For this reflection I have chosen three aspects: the political, the moral, and the personal. There could be more – perhaps it is time to coin the word ‘desocialisation’ to describe the way that consideration of social qualities and social processes can be downgraded.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This invited article offers an original analysis of the trends over recent decades which have affected the personal and social dynamics of schools and teachers. Already being cited in policy analyses in UK and in international reviews (Asian Journal of Counselling) This is an electronic version of an article published in Watkins, Chris (2008) Depoliticisation, demoralisation and depersonalisation - and how to better them. Pastoral Care in Education, 26 (1). pp. 5-11. Pastoral Care in Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/02643940701848562
Controlled Keywords: School improvement
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010 09:18
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:10
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