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Making ‘youth publics’ and ‘neuro-citizens’: critical geographies of contemporary educational practice in the Uk

Jessica Pykett

in Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0002
Making ‘youth publics’ and ‘neuro-citizens’: critical geographies of contemporary educational practice in the Uk

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This chapter considers two trends in contemporary teaching and learning practice in the UK: citizenship education and various guises of brain training and neuroeducation. The chapter explores how these practices produce idealised conceptions of young people as simultaneously public citizens to be governed and contrastingly highly personalised brains to be trained. The chapter shows how the concepts of space and spatiality are useful in understanding the politics of schooling, but argues that educational scholars need to be more eclectic in their turn to spatial theory. Foucault's work on theorising space and power is used to develop an alternative account of how particular knowledges become legitimate and how schools shape young people. It is argued that rather than simply mirroring social relations, schools play an important role in producing new social realities.

Keywords: Citizenship; Neuroscience; Psychology; Behaviour; Education policy; Pedagogy; Power

Chapter.  6585 words. 

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