ERIC Number: EJ929657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Professional Development Policy and Politics across International Contexts: From Mutuality to Measurability?
Hardy, Ian; Ronnerman, Karin; Furu, Eli Moksnes; Salo, Petri; Forsman, Liselott
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n1 p81-92 2010
This article reveals how educational policies and policy contexts in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Australia establish the circumstances which enable and constrain individual and collective teacher professional development as praxis. We provide insights into existing partnerships between universities and schools, and, municipalities and the state as vehicles for professional development, and the way in which policy contexts have shaped and reshaped these relationships. We also consider the resonances, and points of tension, across and within different national policy settings, to assist us to understand, and to productively inform, policy-making within and across national contexts. We conclude by arguing that while professional development policies within and across international contexts are productive of teachers' collective focus upon student learning--a form of "mutuality"--they increasingly serve as overarching practices which contribute to the development of educational practices reflective of national and international pressure to account for performance--a concern for "measurability".
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, International Education, Politics of Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Barriers, Policy Analysis, Measurement, Accountability, Municipalities, Educational Practices, Comparative Education, Action Research, Teacher Researchers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland; Norway; Sweden