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ERIC Number: EJ881180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Restructuring Teachers' Work-Lives and Knowledge in England and Spain
Muller, Jorg; Norrie, Caroline; Hernandez, Fernando; Goodson, Ivor
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v40 n3 p265-277 May 2010
This article explores the restructuring of education in England and Spain. Against a presumably homogeneous global streamlining of educational systems according to competition-driven goals, the comparison of teachers' work-lives and professional knowledge evidences a variety of experiences under-represented in discourses on global restructuring. Our argument highlights how in England political reforms have worked their way deep into the working lives of professionals, giving rise to a "managerial" model of professionalism, whereas in Spain reforms are more loosely coupled with teachers' work, favoring a "social service"-oriented model. However, despite the different professional ideals, teachers uniformly stressed the challenges they face were predominantly due to broader social transformations for which policy reforms provided few if any remedies. Our study emphasizes the variety of educational reforms and teachers' experiences in the European context and argues further educational change should be bound to the historical trajectory and the concrete needs of the professionals in question. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; United Kingdom (England)