Embodying Pre-Tense Conditions for Research among Teacher Educators in the Australian University Sector: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Ethico-Emotive Suffering

Aug. 20, 2016

Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 44, Issue 4, 2016, Pages 348-363

The authors argue that government-run assessments, such as Excellence in Research for Australia, and localised institutional strategies developed in response, provoke “pre-tense” conditions that unsettle institutions of the Australian university sector regarding future claims for research status.

Drawing on interviews with an early- and a mid-career teacher educator, both of whom evidence significant research aspirations,the authorse portray and analyse their ethico-emotive sufferings, linked to contemporary pre-tense conditions in which they work, which thwart their dispositions to do research.
They conclude by reflecting on the need for systemic response within the field of teacher education to ensure its research future, including an ethico-emotive politics that mobilises across generations of academics, with particular responsibilities for senior researchers.

Updated: Jul. 05, 2017