Education in Popular Culture: Telling Tales on Teachers and Learners

by ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $180.00 Save up to $18.00
  • Rent Book $162.00
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


This book provides an overview of education as it is represented in popular culture, together with a framework through which educators can interpret these representations in relation to their own professional values and development. This framework also links the portrayal of teachers with on-going educational and political discourses. Demonstrating how popular culture both reflects and constructs social and professional ideas about the teacher, the book looks at a number of themes central to current debates about education: sexuality of teachers and of pupils bullying pupil rebellion and underachievement school as a community lifelong learning.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Note to readers on the web-interactive use of this bookp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Education and popular culturep. 1
What is this book?p. 2
The wider fieldp. 4
Representation: some useful conceptsp. 8
Education: values, purpose and professionalismp. 18
The good teacher: class heroes and school saintsp. 23
Hear the musicp. 29
Hard casesp. 32
Who knocks at the door of learning?p. 38
To teach or not to teach?p. 42
The sad and the badp. 45
Bad teachers: official definitions and public suspicionsp. 45
The sadp. 47
The badp. 53
Summaryp. 62
High school confidentialp. 65
Introductionp. 65
Sex and education: the social contextp. 67
Popular culture and girls' identitiesp. 68
Dangerous dates and daring daughters: love and sex in teenage horrorp. 69
Sex and students in popular musicp. 73
Drugs and education: the social contextp. 76
Drugs and alcohol in school moviesp. 80
Summary: really not so dangerous?p. 84
Hot for teacherp. 86
Romancing the teacherp. 90
Teacher-student relationships in filmp. 97
Sex and teachers in popular musicp. 99
Summaryp. 104
Don't pick on mep. 105
Achievement and acceptancep. 110
Race and genderp. 112
Frenemiesp. 116
Bully for televisionp. 120
Summaryp. 124
We don't need no education?p. 127
Introductionp. 127
Examining Beavis and Butt-head for signs of lifep. 128
Popular music: pro- and anti-educationp. 134
The Guinea Pigp. 136
St Trinian'sp. 138
Ifp. 140
Class realities and violencep. 141
School for grown-ups: lifelong learning in popular culturep. 146
Introductionp. 146
Educating Ritap. 148
Buffy the Vampire Slayerp. 152
Boiler Roomp. 154
Wiltp. 156
The Simpsonsp. 161
Summaryp. 165
(In) conclusionp. 168
Teachersp. 168
Studentsp. 171
Curriculump. 174
More about popular culture in educationp. 176
Teaching and critical reflectionp. 178
Finally...p. 180
Notesp. 183
Useful websitesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 200
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review