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Kayi-Aydar, Hayriye, Ed.; Gao, Xuesong, Ed.; Miller, Elizabeth R., Ed.; Varghese, Manka, Ed.; Vitanova, Gergana, Ed. – Multilingual Matters, 2019
This volume examines the agency of second/foreign language teachers in diverse geographical contexts and in both K-12 and adult education. It offers new understandings and conceptualizations of second/foreign language teacher agency through a variety of types of empirical data. It also demonstrates the use of different methodologies or analytic…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Adult Education
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Boeren, Ellen – International Review of Education, 2019
This article discusses the current focus of education policies around the world on working with benchmarks, indicators and targets. Its aim is to increase knowledge of potential strategies to meet the fourth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), which strives for quality education. The SDGs form part of the United Nations (UN)…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Quality, International Programs, Educational Policy
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Rungfamai, Kreangchai – Studies in Higher Education, 2018
This paper aims to deal with lingering governance issues of a prestigious university in a developing country of Southeast Asia. It provides a description of environments, changes, and university stakeholders' perceptions in terms of governance arrangements of Chiang Mai University (CMU), which was selected as a National Research University in…
Descriptors: Governance, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Woulfin, Sarah – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2018
Despite major changes to teacher evaluation since 2009, scant research examines how principals enact these policies. Drawing on qualitative interviews with 44 principals in 13 Connecticut districts, we use structure-agency theory to characterize how principals improvised when implementing the state evaluation model. We find that principals' use of…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Principals, School Districts
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Englund, Claire; Price, Linda – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
To cope with the rapidly changing higher education climate, teachers need agency to act proactively in initiating and steering changes in practice. This paper describes an academic development activity in the form of a Change Laboratory, an intervention method based on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, to facilitate agency among teachers. The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teaching Methods, College Faculty, Sustainable Development
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Farley, Jennifer – Middle Grades Review, 2019
This paper presents a multi-case study of teacher candidates in a pre-service middle grades social studies methods course. The study aimed to understand how middle grades teacher candidates viewed their future as upstanders with agency in middle grades settings. The focus of the research was on heuristic representations that the teacher candidates…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Social Studies
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Martynov, Aleksey; Logachev, Sergey – Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 2016
In this paper, we study the agency relationship between the firm's owners and managers. We apply the theory of Cognitive Moral Development (CMD) to answer the question: What factors affect salience of the interests of the firm's owners to the managers? Using a sample of Russian managers, we found that higher levels of CMD weaken the relationship…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Corporations, Ownership, Administrators
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Theory Into Practice, 2020
In this article, I adopt a practice theory consideration of student agency, that is, I consider students' power to act on their interests and intentions, on their own inclinations; this will-to-act-on-the-world is central to becoming an active, adaptive participant across the life span. As practice theorist Shery Ortner has explained, none of us…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Intention, Ethnography, Classroom Environment
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Mitchell, Rebecca; Meacheam, David – Learning Organization, 2011
Purpose: The growing prominence of knowledge workers in contemporary organisations has led to a considerable amount of research into their role and activities, however, despite this growing interest, there remains a lack of clarity regarding the relationship of knowledge workers to management. This paper aims to respond by investigating the…
Descriptors: Personnel Management, Barriers, Administrators, Employer Employee Relationship
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Wiggins, Joy L.; Monobe, Gumiko – Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, 2017
This study explores the process of using Holland et al. ("Identity and agency in cultural worlds," Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1998) "figured worlds" identity and agency theory to explore two scholars' transnational experiences. Using poetic inquiry as a data analysis tool, this study seeks to (re)position how identity…
Descriptors: Poetry, Inquiry, Identification (Psychology), Computer Mediated Communication
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Kivistö, Jussi; Pekkola, Elias; Lyytinen, Anu – Tertiary Education and Management, 2017
Despite the widespread use of performance-based management in higher education, empirical research on its actual impact has remained scarce, particularly in Europe. With agency theory as a framework, our study utilised survey data collected from Finnish universities in order to explore the influence of performance management on perceived teaching…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, College Administration, College Faculty, Academic Achievement
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Woulfin, Sarah L. – American Journal of Education, 2016
This article presents findings on the institutional logics of reading instruction in an urban school district, portraying how district leaders and coaches enacted two logics. Findings are grounded in observation, interview, and document data on district leaders and literacy coaches from a 13-month period. Using neoinstitutional theory, this…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Reading Instruction, Administrators
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Sisson, Jamie Huff – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Human agency is significant to the understanding of professional identities and actions. It is through human agency that individuals can become powerful in changing or authoring their own identities. Stemming from a larger narrative inquiry focused on understanding the professional identities of public preschool teachers, this paper draws on…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Public School Teachers
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Hempel-Jorgensen, Amelia – Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 2015
This article extends the ongoing debate about socially just pedagogy by arguing that disadvantaged learners' capacity to exercise learner agency, which is essential for learning but has been shown to be unequally constrained, can be more effectively enabled. This is accomplished by critically discussing the possibilities and limits of a selection…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Disadvantaged
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Molla, Tebeje; Nolan, Andrea – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2020
Drawing on the capability approach to human development and Bourdieuan reflexive sociology, this paper explores the interplay of teacher agency and professional practice. The paper names five facets of teacher agency. It shows that teachers with a strong sense of agency actively seek learning opportunities--inquisitive agency; think effortfully…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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