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Changing practice by reform: the recontextualisation of the Bologna process in teacher education
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the thesis is to investigate a specific case of curriculum change; that of organizing teacher training courses around learner outcomes in line with the Bologna process. The investigation is an example of a practitioner research case study and looks at how official Bologna policy messages are re-interpreted and recontextualised at the local micro level. A variety of methods are used to collect and analyse the data produced. A form of discourse analysis, as well as a survey of research literature, is used to identify policy discourses connected with the Bologna process. At the local micro level, local documentation as well as teacher talk in planning meetings are analysed to throw light on how the Bologna process was implemented. A number of discourses were found in policy documents; including the need to modernize higher education and to move towards a more student centred approach to learning. The thesis shows that these discourses were mediated locally by a regulative discourse portraying teachers as role models who have the task of passing on knowledge that is essential for the students to obtain before entering the profession. Instead of challenging the pedagogic identities for teachers and students, the introduction of learning outcomes acted to strengthen the fundamental vertical relations between teachers and students, cementing and confirming the level of control that teachers had over all aspects of the curriculum. Changes made in connection with the introduction of learning outcomes had a minimal influence on practice and were contested by some teacher educators. Teacher educators resisted and mediated the changes made by continuing to use their traditional practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Acta universitatis Gothoburgensis , 2013.
, Gothenburg studies in educational sciences, ISSN 0436-1121 ; 342
Keyword [en]
Bologna, teacher education, policy implementation, recontextualisation, Teacher education and education work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3659Local ID: 2320/12544ISBN: 978-91-7346-763-6ISBN: 978-91-7346-764-3OAI: diva2:877049

Akademisk avhandling som med tillstånd av utbildningsvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Göteborgs universitet för vinnande av doktorsexamen i pedagogiskt arbete framläggs till offentlig granskning Fredagen den 20 september, kl. 13.15 vid Högskolan i Borås.

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