Raging against the Mass-Schooling Machine

An Autoethnography of a Beginning Teacher

  • Andrew Miller

Part of the Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education book series (TRANS, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andrew Miller
    Pages 1-6
  3. Andrew Miller
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  5. Andrew Miller
    Pages 39-54
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 107-111

About this book


The biggest danger for beginning teachers is to teach as they were taught. In order to create teaching identities capable of resisting the mind-numbing orthodoxies of the mass-schooling machine, beginning teachers need to interrogate the theories and practices that have shaped them as teachers. Raging against the Mass-Schooling Machine is a compelling autoethnographic account of one beginning teacher’s struggle to transform his future teaching identity by unpacking the bruising encounters that shaped him as a student. This is a must-read book for all teachers wishing to ‘teach against the grain.’ The journey from student to teacher involves almost two decades of junior, primary, secondary, and tertiary education. Few of us critique this journey to see what emotional legacies and taken-for-granted assumptions we carry from one identity to the other. If we remain unconscious of the social and cultural discourses and practices that have shaped and defined us as students and teachers, we may unwittingly reproduce the inequalities, prejudices, and traumas we experienced or observed while growing up, or resort to transmission teaching and authoritarian control because this is the formula of schooling most of us know. Empowering education relies on teachers resisting these toxic scripts and becoming agents of change.


teaching beginning teachers teacher identities critical pedagogies autoethnography arts-based inquiry narrative enquiry pragmatic radicalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-851-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9732
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9740
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