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ERIC Number: EJ1064932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Recognising and Realising Teachers' Professional Agency
Edwards, Anne
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v21 n6 p779-784 2015
This reflection on the eight papers in this special issue examines the theoretical stances and methodological resources to be found in them. It offers a definition of agency which emphasises commitment, responsibility, strong judgements, self-evaluation, connection to the common good and attention to what people do. Having examined how the papers relate to this definition, it considers its methodological implications, pointing to the advantages of recognising how agency emerges in the dialectical interaction of person and practice. The methodological challenges of capturing agency when defined in this way are discussed and more attention to ethnographic approaches is urged. The discussion concludes by advocating a strong relational and collective reading of teachers' professional agency, where autonomy is found at the level of the profession as public guardian and nurturer of the commitments and values that mark the teaching profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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