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ERIC Number: EJ1112579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1478-2103
Teacher Professionalism beyond Numbers: A Communicative Orientation
Nordin, Andreas
Policy Futures in Education, v14 n6 p830-845 Sep 2016
In the European neo-liberal policy context, there has been an increase in pressure on teachers to exercise a type of professional responsibility that contributes to the development of a competitive knowledge-based economy. From a communication theory perspective, this paper examines if it is at all possible to talk of professional responsibility in a policy context characterised by individualisation, standardisation and accountability. Methodologically, this text joins a critical tradition of educational policy research, which emphasises the need to combine critical examination with empirical analysis. Critical discourse analysis has been used for the systematic analysis portion of this text. Central official policy texts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the European Union and the 2011 school reforms in Sweden have been analysed. The results show that while demands for increased professional responsibility among teachers have been made by policy actors at different levels, the neo-liberal policy context offers limited opportunities for teachers to actually exercise this type of professional responsibility, if seen as a communicative practice based on the idea of relative autonomy. The paper concludes with a prospective discussion in which teacher professionalism is linked to the creation and maintenance of "spaces of communication", as well as a look at the challenges faced by policy makers at all levels if they are to facilitate such spaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union; Sweden
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