ERIC Number: EJ999670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Autonomy in Teaching: "Going, Going ... Gone"
English in Australia, v47 n3 p78-86 Dec 2012
Each year thousands of graduates in Australia take up their first position in schools, eager to teach students and determined to make a difference in their lives. They are overwhelmingly motivated by a desire to "do good" and "be good". Often they have been imagining "their" class and "their" teaching for years. In this article I report on a study of beginning teachers in Australian primary schools, and describe the ways in which the current neo-liberalist agenda in education in Australia dictates the English teaching they do. I discuss the implications of this for teacher autonomy and teacher retention.
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, English Instruction, Teacher Persistence, Politics of Education, Neoliberalism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia