Greg Thompson is a lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University. He holds a PhD and an MEd from Murdoch University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. He has taught for many years in secondary schools in Western Australia. In 2005 he was awarded the Thelma Harley Brown Prize in Education for his research on student connectedness in secondary schools. Dr. Thompson’s publications include Swings and Round-Abouts: Connectedness in Secondary Schools, as well as articles several journals including the British Journal of Sociology of Education and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. He is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia and contributes to several poststructural and postmodern education Significant Interest Groups (SIGs)within various associations and societies.
Who is the Good High School Student? by Greg Thompson
The idea that schools exist to produce students who become good citizens is one of the basic tenets of modernist educational philosophies that dominate the contemporary education world. The school has become a political site where policy, curriculum orientations, expectations and philosophies of education contest for the ‘right’ way to school and be schooled. By pushing the ontological understandings of the self beyond the modernist philosophies that currently dominate schools and schooling, this study problematises the tendency to see students as fixed, measurable identities (beings) and offers valuable insights on high school students in the new millennia.
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