Propping up the Performative School: A Critical Examination of the English Educational Paraprofessional

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Abstract

Much has been written about ‘performativity’ and the ‘audit culture’ in relation to the teaching profession, but this literature has been neglectful of how these might impact educational paraprofessionals. Informed by Institutional Ethnography, this book provides a critical examination of the role, practices and everyday work experiences of educational paraprofessionals. Taking the learning mentor in English state secondary education as its starting point, the study then draws on international, historical literature to trace the genealogy of this role and examines the legacy of the paraprofessional movement in 1960s USA. Ultimately, the question of the adequacy of short-term policy initiatives in the face of intractable social inequalities is explored.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9781839822438
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2022

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