All for one, and one for all: If texts hold power, to what extent does current Primary and Early Years documentation empower teachers?
Betteney, Mark (2010) All for one, and one for all: If texts hold power, to what extent does current Primary and Early Years documentation empower teachers? Literacy, 44 (2). pp. 91-97. ISSN 1741-4369 (online) (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4369.2010.00551.x)Full text not available from this repository.
This article considers the extent to which the needs and aspirations of teachers are taken into account in three examples of current Primary and Early Years documentation – the National Curriculum, the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Primary Framework. This analysis is done through three methods: a critical discourse analysis of the aims and purposes of each; an analysis of models of power; and an analysis of models of pedagogy. The article reveals that teachers and teaching are not well represented within the aims and purposes of two of the documents, but that equally there are pedagogic behaviours within the teaching profession that do not aspire to autonomy. Recent documentation has tended to be accompanied by prescribed systematic pedagogy, which has created perceived tensions within the profession, yet the data show that many teachers seek to be professionally passive in terms of the planning demands of documentation. This article suggests that where there are identifiable tensions, these are not found simply between teachers (collectively) and imposed documentation, but between some teachers and some aspects of documentation.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||power, documentation, teachers and teaching, pedagogy, policy-as-text|
|Subjects:||L Education > L Education (General)|
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Education|
School of Education > Department of Primary Education
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 14:45|
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