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ERIC Number: EJ765053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Changing the Context of Teachers' Work and Professional Development: A European Perspective
Osborn, Marilyn
International Journal of Educational Research, v45 n4-5 p242-253 2006
Recent changes in the regulation of education systems in Europe and beyond have led to greater control over the work of teachers and the performance of schools. The paper draws upon the findings of a programme of funded comparative research, which has examined the impact of national education policy and policy change on teachers' work and professional development in several European countries, England, France and Denmark. Within the English context, particularly, both primary and secondary teachers expressed common concerns centered on what was perceived as the demand for a "delivery of performance". Many teachers considered that the more affective concerns of teaching--the sense of vocation and investment of self--were being undermined by the pressure for performance, to become ''expert technicians'' in transmitting externally pre-defined knowledge and skills to their pupils. Such changes have had a profound effect on the way in which teachers' work and role are defined by government policy directives more widely within the European context. The paper considers the implications of these changed accountability structures for teachers' professional identity and development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; France; United Kingdom (England)