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Controlling the Work of Teachers
Transcript of Controlling the Work of Teachers
ED 532 - Spring 2013
by: Karen N. Beck Initial reversion to old methods once classrooms doors closed
Gradual acceptance of new constraints, workloads, expectations
Adaptation of priorities to fit new curriculum schema and increased expectations (student mastery of prescribed content, test scores, etc.)
Increased sense of a lack of control over teaching content, priorities
Ironically - a new sense of professionalism
Taylorism - Management technology of de-skilling workers and separating creative process and execution of tasks.
Intensification - Process of increasing demands and constraints on teachers to the extent of a wide-felt sense of being over-whelmed (no time to relax, reflect, connect with peers, keep up with the profession). Effects Like in a factory, where workers are asked to do more with very little extra time, to increase productivity as a main focus...
HOW WILL TEACHERS RESPOND?
Effect is often felt in the other place where most teachers also work - in the home. Restriction of creativity, autonomy
Separation of conception and execution of curriculum
PROLETARIANIZATION - Process whereby people move from employers, self-employed, or unemployed to being employed as wage workers. Class and Gender
- 1950s and 60s Height of Cold War, US schools thought to not be keeping up with other nations.
Large push to "legitimate" content being taught
Resulted in a rise in prescribed, teacher-proof curriculum (rigorous, systematic) Controlling the Work of Teachers Teacher Reaction
Effect on the Work of Teachers Written by Michael W. Apple
Appears in Part 3 of The Curriculum Studies Reader - Reconceptualizing Curriculum Theory
Written in 1986
Proceeded by 1983 report
A Nation at Risk
Teachers have historically found themselves in 2 classes simultaneously - Middle and Working Class
Patriarchal organizational structure - Schools have historically had male leadership and mostly female teachers
Teachers have found ways to "carve out a sphere of power"
Terms to Describe How the Work of Teachers Has Been Controlled