ERIC Number: ED526971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-1
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers and the Policy Reform Agenda. What is Policy?
This article is related to the impacts on teachers of the increasing marginalization of their voices in educational policy making and policy debates. Policy influences the nature of teaching and learning and if teachers are to re-centre teachers' voices and combat the neo-liberal agenda underpinning public education, they must construct their own understandings of policy from personal, political and professional standpoints. However, these processes require a certain level of understanding and skill in manipulating the policy process. They must also realize that teachers' voices have the potential to challenge dominant ideologies of power, participation, and development in the effort to transform oppressive reality (Kumashiro, 2008). With this view in mind, the purpose of this article is to present some theoretical aspects of theory because teachers must "understand education policy in a theoretically informed way" in order to raise consciousness and expertise in policy matters. Also, a theoretical understanding of policy has the "capacity to inform [teachers] of their own policy directions and to encourage autonomous, critical judgement of government policy" (Ozga, 2000, p. 5).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A