Exploring agency as a bridge between teacher and school context in times of change

E. Ketelaar, D. Beijaard

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    Abstract

    Research on teachers’ responses to educational innovations is often focussed on either contextual factors or individual teacher features and activities. How these two interact and what happens on the interface between teacher and context is still largely unknown. In this study we aim to bridge this gap between teacher and school context by exploring teachers’ responses to an educational innovation from an agency perspective. We see teacher agency as feeling in control of the choices one makes within one’s work, based upon one’s own goals, interests and motivations (Vähäsantanen et al., 2008). To be able to make their own choices, however, teachers need to experience a certain amount of autonomy and room for negotiation within their school (Coldron & Smith, 1999; Vähäsantanen et al., 2008). Teacher agency is therefore shaped by both the individual teacher and the school context (Lasky, 2005). Although it is often stated that it is important for teachers to experience agency in their work, especially with respect to educational innovations, this was actually rarely the object of investigation (cf. Ketelaar et al., 2012). To contribute to this point, in this study agency was explored with a specific focus on the interface between the individual teacher and the school context. An in-depth case study approach was used
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISATT 2013 conference 16th Biennial Conference on Teachers and Teaching, 1-5 July 2013, Ghent, Belgium
    Place of PublicationGhent, Belgium
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event16th Biennial Conference on Teachers and Teaching ISATT; 1-5 July 2013, Ghent, Belgium - Ghent, Belgium
    Duration: 1 Jul 20135 Jul 2013
    http://www.isatt2013.ugent.be/

    Conference

    Conference16th Biennial Conference on Teachers and Teaching ISATT; 1-5 July 2013, Ghent, Belgium
    Abbreviated titleISATT2013
    CountryBelgium
    CityGhent
    Period1/07/135/07/13
    Other16th Biennial Conference on Teachers and Teaching ISATT
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