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ERIC Number: ED540833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 89
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2790-5079-4
Levels of Autonomy and Responsibilities of Teachers in Europe
Desurmont, Arnaud; Forsthuber, Bernadette; Oberheidt, Stephanie
The purpose of this study is to provide a comparative analysis of whether or not changes in the teaching profession have extended the autonomy and educational responsibilities of teachers. The report consists of six chapters, an annexe and concludes with a synthesis. Chapter 1 deals with the historical and institutional background of the education policies that have effectively placed new responsibilities on teachers. Chapter 2 focuses on how the content of school curricula and teaching objectives are drawn up and the part teachers are expected to play in adapting them. Chapter 3 reports on definitions of working time in employment contracts. Chapter 4 covers the requirements and opportunities associated with continuing professional development (CPD). Chapter 5 deals with the contribution of teachers to the process of reform and educational innovation and examines whether teachers participate individually or collectively in reforms such as those concerned with their terms and working conditions, school curricula and teaching objectives in general. Chapter 6 covers the various measures concerned with accountability and evaluation, including results-based evaluation, and considers their individual and collective aspects. The study covers school education at ISCED levels 1 and 2. While it relates to public sector schools in all countries, the state-subsidised private sector is also taken into account in the case of Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands. The reference year for data is 2006/07, but forthcoming reforms are also considered. All Eurydice network countries with the exception of Turkey are covered. Appended are: (1) Chapter 2: Educational Provision and the Autonomy of Teachers; and (2) Key. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 37 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: Eurydice
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Ireland; Netherlands