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Call for chapters: ‘Mediated Pedagogies’

What stories are told about teaching and learning on television? And how do these stories, in fictional and factual genres, reflect, refract and construct myths, anxieties and pleasures about teaching and learning?

This edited collection will examine the ways in which particular representations explore, engage with and model pedagogic assumptions and approaches. The chapters could explore, but are in no way restricted to, for example:

        •       the construction and implications of different pedagogic models, e.g., training, apprenticeship, experiential, reflective;

        •       assumptions and tensions around teaching, learning and being a learner;

        •       evidence of ‘education’ – cultural capital, factual recall, know-how, know-how-to;

        •       the political economy of TV – public service/commercial contexts and pedagogic representations;

        •       how particular ‘learning journeys’ are manifested;

        •       the relationships between particular representations and wider educational policy debates;

        •       learning relationships (tutor/student, mentor/mentee etc.);

        •       the modelling of pedagogy/andragogy/heutagogy;

        •       historical/generic shifts and consistencies;

        •       the generation of dialogue between TV texts and their paratexts;

        •       manifestations of power, oppression and emancipation.

This brief list gives some idea of programmes that are explicitly concerned with education and pedagogic contexts, but should not be read as prescriptive or limiting – representations of teaching and learning will also be found in less obvious places.

Jamie’s Dream School

Mr Drew’s School for Boys

Tool Academy

Educating Essex/Yorkshire

Bad Education


Summer Heights High

Waterloo Road

Big School


The Unteachables


Fresh Meat

The Wire

The Last Chance School

The Roux Scholarship

Chef’s Protege


Ladette to Lady

Hidden Talent

Faking It

In the first instance expressions of interest are welcomed in the form of a 200-300 word outline proposal for a chapter, together with a very brief biography. Writers of the most interesting proposals will then be contacted with a view to developing the outline into a 5-6,000 word chapter.

Please note that there is no contract with a publisher at this stage, although Palgrave Macmillan have expressed interest in the proposal. A further approach will be made when a compelling package of outlines has been assembled.

Expressions of interest by October 1st 2014 please, and informal queries and discussion welcomed in the meantime.