The Otherness of Education

  • Ellen McCabe
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


This chapter considers the implications of the Macbeth case study with regard to the nature of the education system and its relationship with wider culture. Whereas contemporary society continues to embody the ambiguity and fluidity enabled by technology, education remains dominated by a culture of rigidity. Together with this a preoccupation with quantification and a dedication to perceived “fairness” have resulted in a high level of standardisation. This has led to a situation where skills such as memorisation and reproduction of information are valued above analytical and creative ability, ironic in a world where information can not only be accessed easily but instantly. In this way the everyday experience of students and teachers will be examined in a broader cultural context, giving full consideration to their theoretical significance as well as rooting such theory in lived experience.


Segmented education Crisis of significance Otherness of education Homogenous learning Peer learning Passive learning Filter bubble Echo chamber Factual fiction Ambiguity in Macbeth Narrative complexity Drama and the leaving cert Quantification of learning Macbeth and the leaving cert Standardised testing Arts education Media manipulation Regimented learning systems Educational reform 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen McCabe
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  1. 1.Huston School of Film & Digital MediaNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

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