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ERIC Number: ED408262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Change and the New Realities of Teachers' Work Lives: Australian Perspectives.
Churchill, Rick; Williamson, John
This paper presents the Australian perspective on a study conducted by the Consortium for Cross-Cultural Research in Education. Only 23 percent of the Australian teachers in the sample perceived the main objective of significant change as relating directly to their own work context. While most respondents saw themselves as "adapters" (63 percent) rather than "adopters" (3 percent), "compliers" (17 percent) or "resisters" (7 percent) in their response to educational change, internal changes attracted significantly more positive attitudes than did changes seen as originating externally. Almost half (47 percent) felt that the changes that had affected them most in their work were intended to serve the interests of students, teachers, or parents, while only 31 percent of the respondents claimed that these change had actually served these groups' interests. Teachers in the sample saw themselves in roughly equal proportions, playing supportive (29 percent), compliant (28 percent), and resistant (38 percent) roles in the processes involved with educational changes. Study findings suggested seven new realities for teachers at work: (1) significant expectations of change; (2) conflict between organizational and professional goals; (3) dissatisfaction with educational systems; (4) competition between two kinds of collaboration; (5) dissonance associated with a paradox of professional expertise and external control; (6) intensification; and (7) options for distance and immunity. The issue of how teachers will respond to the imperatives of the future is paramount among several implications of the study. (Contains 10 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia