Teacher Image in Mass Culture: Symbolic Functions of the "Hidden Curriculum"
by George Gerbner - 1974
My examination of the evidence suggests that teachers, schools, and scholars project a synthetic cultural image that helps to explain––and determine––the ambivalent functions and paradoxical fortunes of the educational enterprise in American society. The clues that point to that disquieting conclusion (which also raises questions about anticipated extensions of the present structure of culture-power) have led me to new reflections. These concern the illusions and reality of schooling, the nature of symbolic functions, the lessons of national and cross-cultural research on the teacher-image, and the role of that "hidden curriculum" in social policy.
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