The Pedagogical Imagination

The Pedagogical Imagination

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French school debates of recent years, which are simultaneously debates about the French Republica€™s identity and values, have generated a spate of internationally successful literature and film on the topic of education. While mainstream media and scholarly essays tend to treat these works as faithful representations of classroom reality, The Pedagogical Imagination takes a different approach. In this study of French education and republicanism as represented in twenty-first-century French literature and film, Leon Sachs shifts our attention from a€œwhata€ literature and film say about education to a€œhowa€ they say it. He argues that the most important literary and filmic treatments of French education in recent yearsa€”the works of AgnAus Varda, A‰rik Orsenna, Abdellatif Kechiche, FranAsois BAcgaudeaua€”do more than merely depict the present-day school crisis. They explore questions of education through experiments with form. The Pedagogical Imagination shows how such techniques engage present-day readers and viewers in acts of interpretation that reproduce pedagogical principles of active, experiential learninga€”principles at the core of late nineteenth-century educational reform that became vehicles for the diffusion of republican ideology.24 The Nouveau Larousse is, therefore, even more of a manual than the Grand dictionnaire. Both by emphasizing the relative ease with which one can handle a modern video camera and by show- ing the instruction manual with which oneanbsp;...

Title:The Pedagogical Imagination
Author: Leon Sachs
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2014-05-01

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