Book Chapter

Body matters: The critical contribution of affect in school classrooms and beyond

D Mulcahy

Professional and Practice-based Learning | Published : 2015


How do passions, emotions and desires play out pedagogically in classrooms and other learning settings? In this chapter, I investigate the workings of affectivity within school classrooms and teaching more broadly by exploring intensities, sensations or energies that can be discharged not only through human bodies, but also objects and spaces. Deploying data fragments drawn from video case-studies conducted as part of a national study of professional teaching standards and teacher professional learning in which teachers (in this case, school geography teachers) and their students took part, I trace affective relations and embodiment in action utilising an analytic of assemblage. I draw on co..

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