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ERIC Number: EJ1069486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
"Bildung" and Educational Action Research: Resources for Hope in Neoliberal Times
Hardy, Ian; Salo, Petri; Rönnerman, Karin
Educational Action Research, v23 n3 p383-398 2015
This paper draws upon empirical research to provide insights into current teacher learning practices under broader neoliberal conditions, and how the latter might be resisted. The paper contrasts neoliberal approaches to teachers' learning with the Nordic tradition of educational action research and "Bildung" as alternative resources to guide teachers' and principals' collective learning practices in schools, and draws upon empirical research to provide evidence of the benefits and challenges of doing so. The paper draws upon research into the learning practices of primary teachers in Australia, early childhood teachers in Sweden, and principals in Finland. The research reveals the influence of more "Bildung-"informed conceptions of educational action research, even as these are challenged by existing administrative cultures, and neoliberal pressures. The research presents "resources for hope" to promote collective learning based on democratic values, not in an idealized or abstract manner, but in a way which is simultaneously cognizant of empirical realities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland; Sweden