Carry On Teachers

Representations of the Teaching Profession in Screen Culture

November 2005
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    7th November 2005
  • ISBN 9781858563596
  • Language English
  • Pages 156 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 10"

In the world of screen culture, teachers are unfailingly represented as charismatic figures, able to tackle the deprivations their students face and to form special relationships with them that none of their staff colleagues can. But how realistic are such representations, and-- more importantly - what do real world teachers think about their reel world counterparts?

This book takes a closer look at the charismatic teacher as portrayed in films such as Blackboard Jungle, "To Sir, With Love" and "Dead Poets Society" and in television series such as Teachers. It considers the eccentric, resilient or romantic - but always charismatic- teacher in inner city schools, private or public schools and contrasts them with the views of practising teachers.

"Carry on Teachers" will be essential to media and cultural studies courses but is designed as much for teachers and those coming into the profession.

“This text certainly provides much thought-provoking analysis and would be enjoyed by all who have an interest in the public image of teaching."

- English Drama Media

Susan Ellismore

Susan Ellismore is a Head of Sociology at a secondary school in Bournemouth, and also works on the BA Multi-Media Journalism course at Bournemouth University.