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ERIC Number: EJ923784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
From General Dogsbody to Whole-Class Delivery--The Role of the Primary School Teaching Assistant within a Moral Maze
Hammersley-Fletcher, Linda; Lowe, Michelle
Management in Education, v25 n2 p78-81 Apr 2011
Educational performance has become a global focus of attention in the attempt to demonstrate a competitive edge (Ball, 2007; Bottery, 2000) leading to a drive for greater accountability and control over teachers work (Ball, 2007). A recent policy development in England, "Workforce Remodelling" (DfES, 2003), has impacted upon the role of the "teaching assistant" in ways that potentially significantly shift understandings of acceptable ways of utilising such staff. We argue that schools are now placed in the position where pragmatic solutions to address staffing needs are in tension with a more moral form of accountability about how such staff are utilised and paid. We draw upon questionnaire data gathered from 200 English primary school teaching assistants and interviews with eight primary school head teachers and ask whether the educational drivers and values that risk reducing teaching to a technocratic exercise indicate that we have forgotten what education is all about. Moreover, this article highlights the need for further research that explores the ways in which the educational moral and ethical positioning of school leaders may or may not influence their decision-making. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)