Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Education - 247 pages
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Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television examines some of the most influential teacher characters presented on television from the earliest sitcoms to contemporary dramas and comedies. Both topical and chronological, the book follows a general course across decades and focuses on dominant themes and representations, linking some of the most popular shows of the era to larger cultural themes. Some of these include:
- a view of how gender is socially constructed in popular culture and in society
- racial tensions throughout the decades
- educational privileges for elite students
- the mundane and the provocative in teacher depictions on television
- the view of gender and sexual orientation through a new lens
- life in inner-city public schools
- the culture of testing and dropping out
Every pre-service and classroom teacher should read this book. It is also a valuable text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate level courses in media and education as well.
  

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Contents

Mister Peepers and Our Miss Brooks
17
The Bill Cosby Show
33
Welcome Back Kotter
53
The Facts of Life
75
Boston Public
133
Eight What About Students and Schools?
167
Notes
181
Bibliography
187
Index
193
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About the author (2008)

Mary M. Dalton is Associate Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University, the author of The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies (Lang, 2004), and a documentary filmmaker.

LAURA R. LINDER is an Assistant Professor in the Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre Department at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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