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'I am not a "good" teacher, I don't do all their paperwork' : teacher resistance to accountability demands in the English Skills for Life strategy.

Tusting, Karin (2009) 'I am not a "good" teacher, I don't do all their paperwork' : teacher resistance to accountability demands in the English Skills for Life strategy. Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 17 (3). pp. 6-26. ISSN 1441-0559

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Abstract

In 2000, Skills for Life, a new strategy for literacy, numeracy and language education was introduced in England. It included new core curricula, tough new targets for learner achievement, and significantly increased accountability requirements for teachers and colleges. Many teachers found aspects of this new system difficult. This paper analyses interviews carried out with teachers in 2002 to identify the reasons underlying their resistance. In the interviews, teachers consistently drew on a well defined discourse which defined ‘good’ teaching as teaching that is responsive to the learner, negotiating teaching in response to learners’ goals and characteristics, and flexible in the teaching moment. Resistance arose when aspects of the centralised strategy were perceived to constrain teachers’ ability to respond to learners in this way, being driven more by external demands and advance planning than by responsiveness to learners. Teachers attempted to develop strategies to maintain responsiveness while working within the new strategy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Literacy and Numeracy Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy accountability paperwork Skills for Life adult education teachers
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 33993
Deposited By: Dr Karin Tusting
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2010 10:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33993

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