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Disruptive FixationSchool Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism$
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Christo Sims

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163987

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163987.001.0001

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Pedagogic Fixations

Pedagogic Fixations

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Disruptive Fixation

Christo Sims

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines educational reformers' fixations about pedagogic activity and empirically develops the notion of sanctioned counterpractices. Like spatial fixations, pedagogic fixations occur through problematization and rendering technical processes. However, pedagogic fixations focus on changing persons rather than on spaces per se. They help reformers act, think, and feel as if the activities they are imagining and designing for others are both novel and in the best interest of their recipients. At the same time, pedagogic fixations exclude factors and forces that create various unanticipated problems for reformers as soon as they launch their intervention. The chapter considers the disparity between the limited role of sanctioned counterpractices in the Downtown School for Design, Media, and Technology's everyday routines and yet their prominence in ritualized self-presentations of the project.

Keywords:   educational reform, sanctioned counterpractices, pedagogic fixations, problematization process, technical process, Downtown School, media technology

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