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ERIC Number: EJ816256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Teacher Development against the Policy Reform Grain: An Argument for Recapturing Relationships in Teaching and Learning
Smyth, John
Teacher Development, v11 n2 p221-236 Jul 2007
As public schools in countries like the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand continue to suffer from the damaging effects of poorly conceptualized educational reforms, educators struggle to come up with alternatives with which to reclaim schools. While acknowledging the situational, contextual and temporal differences between these countries, this paper presents a rationale for reinserting the relational work of schools at the centre of a teacher development-led form of recovery. The central claim advanced herein is that teacher development in schools must have a central and demonstrable concern with the primacy of relationships in teaching and learning. Schools and teachers have the collective capacity to reclaim the ground that has been severely eroded by managerialist and marketizing agenda that have been allowed to intrude on schools and subjugate the importance of relational forms of knowing. Placing students at the centre is crucial to creating the direction necessary for re-establishing the relational complexity of schools. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States