Counter terrorism law and education: student teachers’ induction into UK Prevent duty through the lens of Bauman’s liquid modernity

Revell, Lynn, Bryan, Hazel and Elton-Chalcraft, Sally (2018) Counter terrorism law and education: student teachers’ induction into UK Prevent duty through the lens of Bauman’s liquid modernity. In: Trimmer, Karen, Dixon, Roselyn and Findlay, Yvonne S., (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of education law for schools. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 553-565. Item availability may be restricted.

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This chapter explores the way student teachers understand their professional role in relation to the UK's counter terrorism legislation as it relates to schools. Recent discussions on the nature of teacher professionalism characterise the relationship between the state and teachers whereby teacher’ autonomy is increasingly eroded and compromised by policy. Using Bauman’s concept of liquid modernity as a theoretical lens we analysed data collected from fifteen interviews with post graduate student teachers and one hundred and fifty questionnaires. Despite a normative attachment to notions of professional objectivity and political detachment in the classroom, most student teachers interpreted their new duties (to prevent radicalisation and promote fundamental British values), as legitimate and were uncritical of legislation and policy that expects them to play an overtly political role in schools. We argue that recent legislation and initiatives around extremism and radicalisation repositions teacher professional identity so that their involvement as part of a counter terrorist strategy is normalised.

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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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