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Tarpey, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This article investigates the professional memories of English teachers who began their careers between 1965 and 1975. The teachers began their careers in circumstances that offered opportunities to work in collectivist ways. Their memories reveal a strong collective identity, a powerful sense of agency and a critical engagement with the aims of…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teachers, Memory, Collectivism
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Tarpey, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This article explores how circumstances in different conjunctures influence the types of narrative, working practice and "Professional Memory" that English teachers construct. It is argued that the circumstances in which teachers begin their careers help to formulate attitudes, values and missions that remain potent over long periods.…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Memory, Autobiographies, English Instruction
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Tarpey, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article explores the concept of "Professional Memory" in English teaching. It argues that English teacher memories, analysed through a collective lens and in particular conjunctures, can provide powerful evidence of practitioner-led reform and development. Such evidence can be used to challenge the existing theoretical framework of…
Descriptors: Memory, English Instruction, English Teachers, Teaching Methods