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Changing Teachers' Work : Changing Education - Gill Helsby

Changing Teachers' Work

Changing Education

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780335199389
Number Of Pages: 210

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* Why are so many countries reforming their national education systems? * How are educational reform policies developed and translated into practice? * What have been the effects of reform initiatives on schooling and teachers' work? Growing political, economic and social uncertainties throughout the world have prompted many governments to 'reform' their national education systems. This book looks at the effects of these reforms and finds that, far from improving education, they have often made it more difficult for teachers to do a good job in the classroom. Drawing upon her own research and other international studies, Gill Helsby argues that many reforms have created constraints and imposed excessive bureaucratic requirements which often diminish both the confidence and the capacity of teachers to perform to the best of their ability. Despite the unfavourable conditions, however, teachers remain key agents in determining the quality of education and a number of positive instances of teachers adapting and developing policy initiatives and reforms to meet student needs are highlighted. The book will be important reading for educational managers, senior teachers, teacher educators, policy makers and researchers.

Series editors' prefacep. vii
Preface and acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Changing discourses for new timesp. 1
Changing teachers' work: structure, culture and agencyp. 14
Changing frameworks, changing systemsp. 32
Changing what teachers teachp. 48
Changing how teachers teachp. 67
Changing patterns of associationp. 84
Changing pace of workp. 99
Changes in accountabilityp. 115
Changes in school organization and managementp. 132
Changes in teachers' professional developmentp. 150
Conclusionsp. 167
Referencesp. 176
Author indexp. 189
Subject indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780335199389
ISBN-10: 0335199380
Series: Changing Education
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised