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ERIC Number: EJ975300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Teachers' Professional Development in Special Needs Settings: Creating "Kid-Cool" Schools in Challenging Times
Hardy, Ian
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v16 n8 p809-824 2012
This paper explores the nature of teachers' professional development (PD) practices in special needs/special education settings in Australia under current neoliberal and managerial conditions. The research is based on individual interviews with teachers from a juvenile justice centre and a dedicated special needs school in a regional city in the state of New South Wales. Bourdieu's conception of social practice as contested is applied to make sense of teachers' understanding of the conflicted nature of PD practices in these schooling settings. The findings reveal teacher PD in these special needs settings is influenced by the increased commodification of education, broader accountability pressures which seek to individualise teachers' PD experiences, and increased attention to a narrower range of educational outcomes, particularly students' test scores. However, at the same time, these settings also enable more localised, collaborative inquiry focused upon specific students' needs, and PD relevant to a multi-faceted conception of students' learning. In this way, teacher PD contributes to a focus upon student learning in all its complexity, even as it is simultaneously confined by neoliberal and managerial pressures. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia