You want me to do what?: Teachers' translation of democratic initiatives
2012 (English)In: Abstract book: the 40:th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, Copenhagen: Nordic educational research association, NERA , 2012Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Refereed)
In this article, we will scrutinize teacher understanding and implementation of a new democratic initiative in a United States school. In Dewey Elementary, the principal and two teachers introduced Small School Gatherings (multi-aged advising student groups) as part of a continuing effort to cultivate a democratic school. Drawing on the large body of literature regarding teacher learning and sensemaking, teachers’ understandings of new initiatives are informed by their previous experiences, as well as beliefs about learning and the purposes of schooling. Using a longitudinal case study design intended for the purpose of explanation building, we have chosen to examine three experienced teachers’ Small School Gatherings, and their process of implementing the initiative. We analyzed the empirical data consisting of observations of Small School Gatherings from 2009 to 2011 and interviews with teachers and principal. Semi-structured protocols during these interviews focused on the types of activities occurring and the types of outcomes for youth and how teacher intentions were translated into practice. Two themes emerged from the data analysis: teacher philosophy and teacher engagement. These findings will be discussed in the context of teacher learning and understanding. Finally, the paper sheds light on the processes needed to be in place for teachers to successfully implement new democratic initiatives. This paper has implications for Nordic schools seeking to translate the underlying democratic philosophy present in the national curricula into standard classroom practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Nordic educational research association, NERA , 2012.
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39422Local ID: e2eca80a-9522-469c-a747-1a22134fb186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-39422DiVA: diva2:1012934
NERA Congress 2012 : Everyday life, education and their transformations in a Nordic and globalized context 08/03/2012 - 10/03/2012
Godkänd; 2012; 20120327 (ysko)2016-10-032016-10-03Bibliographically approved