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ERIC Number: EJ779005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Micropolitical Literacy: Reconstructing a Neglected Dimension in Teacher Development
Kelchtermans, Geert; Ballet, Katrijn
International Journal of Educational Research, v37 n8 p755-767 2002
Teachers' professional learning takes place in an organisational context, in which issues of power, influence, and control can play an important part. In this article, we argue that learning how to deal with these inevitable micropolitical aspects of their work lives, constitutes an important dimension in teachers' professional development and needs to be included in any appropriate theory on teacher development. We describe this "political" learning process as the development of micropolitical literacy. Although the development of micropolitical literacy may be stimulated and intensified by particular policy measures or reforms, as a learning process it starts at the very beginning of the teacher career. Using the micropolitical perspective as a theoretical framework, we will illustrate this by presenting the results of an interpretative analysis of one primary teacher's story about his first years in teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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