The Teaching Excellence Framework: Perpetual Pedagogical Control in Postwelfare Capitalism

Conor Heaney, Hollie Mackenzie

Abstract


In this paper, we argue that Success as a Knowledge Economy, and the Teaching Excellence Framework, will constitute a set of mechanisms of perpetual pedagogical control in which the market will become a regulator of pedagogical possibilities. Rather than supporting pedagogical exploration, or creating conditions for the empowerment of students and teachers, such policies support the precarisation and casualisation of both. We develop these claims through a reading of these policies alongside Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control, and situating it in the context of what Gary Hall has termed postwelfare capitalism. We conclude by reaching out to others in the tertiary education sector and beyond to ask if this really is the direction we wish to take this sector in the UK.


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TEF; Deleuze; postwelfare capitalism; pedagogy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/compass.v10i2.488

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