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ERIC Number: ED506322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Teacher Generations in an Era of Reform
Beck, Steen; Hansen, Dion Russelbak
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n8 p1-16 Aug 2009
Danish upper-secondary school is currently undergoing remarkable changes. Comprehensive reforms and restructuring have transformed teacher roles and school organization. However, not all upper-secondary teachers welcome reform: on the one hand, they have to adopt norms, standards and values determined by colleagues, if they want to "fit in"; on the other hand, they are confronted by governmental and educational claims, but also their own interest in doing things differently. This paper analyzes generational differences and similarities in the post-reform school in regard to learning values and the competence discourse, which are an important part of the reform discourse. In addition, it explores the dilemmas which arise for young teachers their understanding of practical and theoretical teacher training. This paper combines theoretical approaches with data analysis being both quantitative and qualitative. Finally, this paper discusses team work as an important means to make dialogue between teacher generations possible and to enhance reflection on the relationship between practice and theory. Themes and statements are appended. (Contains 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark