ERIC Number: EJ1133955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching in the Age of Accountability: Restrained by School Culture?
Aasebø, Turid Skarre; Midtsundstad, Jorunn H.; Willbergh, Ilmi
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v49 n3 p273-290 2017
In this paper, we explore how "teaching communication" in the classroom is connected to school culture. In the age of accountability, the outcome focus force to the forefront, a "blame game" which either blames students' achievements on the teachers and teacher education, or the students and their socio-economic background. We argue that to succeed with teaching and learning is dependent on the school culture more than the single teacher or the students' backgrounds. School culture is understood as attitudes, communication, student focus and engagement. Teaching communication in this paper is studied as teachers' and students' talk about subject matter in whole-class teaching. We explore how different school cultures give students different opportunities to experience meaning from teaching communication. The perspective on meaning is derived from Bildung-centred didactics. By using qualitative comparative case method in Norwegian Lower Secondary schools, we find three different types of "teaching communication" typical for different school cultures: "Dialogic teaching communication", "storytelling teaching communication" and "reproducing teaching communication". The school culture with the "dialogic" variant is characterized by trust and reciprocity, making students' experiencing meaning a possibility.
Descriptors: Student Participation, School Culture, Story Telling, Teacher Education, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Observation, Secondary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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