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The Legacy of Technical Rationality: Critical reflection and the everyday world of teachers

Jenny Allen.

The social sciences remain constrained by a technicist discourse born of positivism. Although the limitations of this discourse are now widely accepted the challenge posited by critical and poststructural theorists has not been realised in the everyday lives of teachers. This paper describes the everyday experiences of teachers and the invasion of technical rationality reflected in these experiences. Technicist research seeks to dislocate teachers from their social, ideological and philosophical context and this study considers the role of critique in exploring the many aporias present in the everyday lives of teachers when confronted with change.


Jenny Allen  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer
School of Education Faculty of Education and Arts
University of Newcastle

Senior lecturer in Teacher Education in Sociology and Philosophy of Education.

  • Critical reflection Teachers
  • Social philosophy
  • Technical rationality

(30 min Conference Paper, English)