ERIC Number: EJ1001142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Examining Teacher Agency: Why Did Les Leave the Building?
New Educator, v9 n2 p119-134 2013
Effective teachers have been described as possessing a vision for their teaching. However, the current high-stakes accountability climate has provided challenges for teachers attempting to align their instruction with their vision for teaching. The goal of this study was to explore 3 in-service teachers' visions and perceived obstacles they faced as they worked to enact their vision in their respective schools. Although teachers' visions focused on adapting to fit the needs of their students, this was often at odds with their schools' recommendations. Findings from this study suggest the challenges associated with enacting one's vision given the constraints of high-stakes accountability systems.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Empowerment, Barriers, Case Studies, Educational Practices, Phenomenology, Teaching Experience, Behavioral Objectives, Educational Objectives, Professional Autonomy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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