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ERIC Number: ED441794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 20
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Receptiveness and Resistance to Educational Change. Experiences of English Teachers in the 1990s.
Poppleton, Pam
This study investigated English teachers' beliefs about how recent legislated changes had affected aspects of their working lives and the extent to which centrally determined objectives were already incorporated into schools' programs of development. Data were collected in the 1991-92 and 1995-96 school years. In the first phase, interviews with English teachers asked about their responses to the 1988 Education Reform Act of England, which introduced national standards, standardized testing and assessment, changes in budgetary control, and new structures for school governance. In the second study phase, teachers from several other countries were interviewed about characteristics and antecedents of the nominated change and the impact of the change on their work lives. Data analysis indicate that many teachers complied overtly with change requirements while reserving the right to maintain freedom of thought and action when possible. The educational changes that most affected teachers' work over time were those related to curriculum and pedagogy, which caused a great deal of anxiety and confusion. When compared with teachers from other countries, English teachers were overwhelmingly positive about change. Few considered themselves resisters. The impact of change was greatest on the working lives of older teachers. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)