Working with Children? Transforming tiredness into Deleuzian exhaustion.

Duncan P. Mercieca, Daniela Mercieca

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    Educational contexts are often built on assumptions that are considered common and good by the majority of persons working within these contexts. Policy and specialisation, originally means to operationalising these assumptions, have become ends and reference points in themselves. The encounter with children is becoming less and less the centre of education endeavour. This often brings about the experience of tiredness as endless effort is placed by different educational professionals in trying to contain the different forces at play within particular scenarios. Following Deleuze, we suggest exhaustion, which he distinguishes from tiredness. Exhaustion comes about from having endless possibilities. This however involves the violent encounter of non-sense which shakes sense assumptions. We argue that engaging with children is this violent encounter which is essential for the professional in education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-96
    Number of pages16
    JournalMalta Review of Educational Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Fatigue
    • Educational psychology
    • Case studies


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