International Journal of Art & Design Education

Oedipal Dramas in Art Education

Volume 18.3   1999



Metaphors borrowed from biology, nature and the family have been highly influential in our understanding of self and group in education (and other areas). The paper suggests that instead of modelling social and work relationships on the relations between fathers, mothers and children, we could instead, at a pragmatic level, begin by making critical evaluations of the moral rights and responsibilities between people with different jobs, skills and needs and seek to determine what is the nature of the professional relationship between teachers and the taught. The workplace is different from a family; teachers, managers, curators and bosses are not parents and clients, workers, schoolchildren and artists are not sons and daughters.