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Are you sitting (un)comfortably? Then I’ll begin. An autoethnographic account of social defences in a secondary school assembly hall.

Coombs, Philip/ PJ (2018) Are you sitting (un)comfortably? Then I’ll begin. An autoethnographic account of social defences in a secondary school assembly hall. EdD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

Drawing upon Kleinian psychoanalytical theory of object–relations, this thesis examines systems psychodynamics within my role as a Year 7 Form tutor in a mainstream secondary academy school. In an autoethnographic study, I observe how anxiety and the unconscious social defences associated with it are represented in many aspects of my job, particularly through taking my form group into school assembly as a psychological process. Reflecting on five short stories of my experiences, I offer an analysis of the confused and disquieting feelings I experienced in my role. I then develop a reflective model to explain my gradual dissociation from the core function/culture or primary task of the school. By accepting Isabel Menzies Lyth’s observation that the “evasion of anxiety inhibits growth” (1988, p.109), some conclusions are drawn to suggest that the social defences evident in the assembly inhibit the pastoral system’s capacity to adequately contain the children’s unbearable feelings of anxiety.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.770193
Depositing User: Mr Philip/ PJ Coombs
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 08:37
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 20:07
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/23369

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